Overall, all-cash purchases accounted for 42.1 percent of all U.S. residential sales in December, according to a new report from RealtyTrac, a company that collects and analyzes housing data. Several factors are at play here, including the fact that institutional investors, more numerous, have bought up many homes with cash, and that many average buyers have remained constrained by unusually tight lending standards.
A few facts, from the January article of “PlanetMoney” (shared in a blog from NPR):
- All-cash purchases accounted for 42.1 percent of all U.S. residential sales in December, up from a revised 38.1 percent in November, and up from 18.0 percent in December 2012.
- States where all-cash sales accounted for more than 50 percent of all residential sales in December included Florida (62.5 percent), Wisconsin (59.8 percent), Alabama (55.7 percent), South Carolina (51.3 percent), and Georgia (51.3 percent). - so, it's not only California...
- For all of 2013, 29.1 percent of U.S. residential sales were all-cash purchases, but the percentage
- Institutional investor purchases accounted for 7.9 percent of all U.S. residential sales in December, up from 7.2 percent the previous month and up from 7.8 percent in December 2012.
- For all of 2013, institutional investor purchases accounted for 7.3 percent of all U.S. residential property purchases, up from 5.8 percent in 2012 and 5.1 percent in 2011.
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