IRVINE, Calif., Aug. 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- ATTOM Data Solutions, curator of the nation's largest multi-sourced property database, today released its Q2 2017 Pre-Mover Housing Index, which shows that the markets with the highest pre-mover indices during the second quarter — predictive of strong sales activity in the third quarter — were Colorado Springs, Colorado; Chicago, Illinois; Washington, D.C.; Reno, Nevada; and Lexington, Kentucky.
Using data collected from purchase loan applications on residential real estate transactions, the ATTOM Data Solutions Pre-Mover Housing Index is based on the ratio of homes with a "pre-mover" flag during a quarter to total homes in a given geography. Full report methodology.
The top five markets — among 122 total metro areas analyzed for the report — all posted a pre-mover index above 200, or twice the national average. Other markets in the top 10 for highest pre-mover index in the second quarter were Tampa-St. Petersburg, Florida (198); Kingsport-Bristol, Tennessee (195); Lancaster, Pennsylvania (191); Jacksonville, Florida (189); and Charleston, South Carolina (188).
"Markets with a healthy mix of access to good jobs and relatively affordable housing attracted the most interest from pre-movers in the second quarter, a harbinger of strong home sales activity in the third quarter," said Daren Blomquist, senior vice president at ATTOM Data Solutions. "Meanwhile in some of the nation's hottest housing markets, there was more pre-mover interest in outlying counties further away from jobs but with more affordable homes to purchase."
Top pre-mover counties more affordable, have lower unemployment rates
Out of 309 U.S. counties analyzed for the report, 189 posted a pre-mover index above the national average in the second quarter. The average June unemployment rate in those 189 counties was 4.2 percent, compared to an average unemployment rate of 4.5 percent in the 120 counties that posted a pre-mover index below the national average in the second quarter.
"We have noticed an increasing phenomena of the use of reverse mortgages, as well as increasing inventory of single family home rentals, indicating that more homeowners are holding on to their current homes rather than moving up or downsizing," said Michael Mahon, president at First Team Real Estate, covering the Southern California housing market, where the most affordable county (Riverside) posted the highest pre-mover index and the least affordable county (Orange) posted the lowest pre-mover index in the second quarter.
The average home value of homes pursued by pre-movers in the 189 counties with an above-average pre-mover index was $279,863 compared to an average home value of $306,802 in the 120 counties with a pre-mover index below the national average.
"The data shows greater growth in the index for Snohomish and Pierce Counties relative to the central King County market," said Matthew Gardner, chief economist at Windermere Real Estate, covering the Seattle market. "I believe this offers further affirmation that home prices close to Seattle are getting beyond the reach of many would-be buyers who are now being forced to look further afield to find suitable housing."
Counties with highest and lowest pre-mover indices in Q2 2017
Among 309 U.S. counties analyzed for the report with at least 50,000 single family homes and condos and sufficient pre-mover data, those with the highest pre-mover indices in the second quarter of 2017 were led by two counties in the Washington, D.C. metro area: Loudon County, Virginia; and Prince William County, Virginia; followed by Forsyth County, Georgia, in the Atlanta metro area; and two suburban "collar" counties in the Chicago metro area: Will County, Illinois; and Du Page County, Illinois.
"The larger markets in Ohio, such as the Columbus market and greater Cincinnati market, are seeing higher-than-normal sales," said Matthew Watercutter, senior regional vice president and broker of record for HER Realtors, covering the Dayton, Columbus and Cincinnati markets in Ohio, all of which posted pre-mover indices above the national average in the second quarter. "These markets are more urban in nature, and are attracting many millennials as the job markets are improving throughout these areas."
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ATTOM Data Solutions is the curator of the ATTOM Data Warehouse, a multi-sourced national property database that blends property tax, deed, mortgage, foreclosure, environmental risk, natural hazard, health hazards, neighborhood characteristics and other property characteristic data for more than 150 million U.S. residential and commercial properties. The ATTOM Data Warehouse delivers actionable data to businesses, consumers, government agencies, universities, policymakers and the media in multiple ways, including bulk file licenses, APIs and customized reports.
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