2014, according to CoreLogic.

The year-over-year share has fallen each month since January 2013, and is at the lowest level in nine years. Month over month, the cash sales share fell by 0.5 percentage points in July 2015 compared with June 2015.

Due to seasonality in the housing market, cash sales share comparisons should be made on a year-over-year basis.

The cash sales share peaked in January 2011 when cash transactions made up 46.5% of total home sales nationally. Prior to the housing crisis, the cash sales share of total home sales averaged approximately 25%.

If the cash sales share continues to fall at the same rate it did in July 2015, the share should hit 25% by mid-2017.

Real estate-owned (REO) sales had the largest cash sales share in July 2015 at 56%. Resales had the next highest cash sales share at 30.2%, followed by short sales (28%) and newly constructed homes (15.6%).

While the percentage of REO sales that were all-cash transactions remained high, REO transactions made up only 6.1% of all sales in July 2015. In January 2011 when the cash sales share was at its peak, REO sales made up 23.9% of total home sales. Resales typically make up the majority of home sales (about 83% in July 2015), and therefore have the biggest impact on the total cash sales share.

The graphic below shows the cash sales share by state for July 2015.

Click to enlarge

(Source: CoreLogic)

Alabama had the largest share of any state at 47.4%, followed by Florida (44.7%), New York (42.8%), West Virginia (41.1%) and New Jersey (39.5%). Of the nation's largest 100 Core Based Statistical Areas (CBSAs) measured by population, West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Delray Beach, Fla. had the highest cash sales share at 53.2%, followed by Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, Fla. (52.2%), North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, Fla. (50.1%), Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, Fla. (48.4%) and Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Fla. (47.9%). Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, D.C.-Va.-Md. had the lowest cash sales share at 13.6%.

Most Popular Articles

Are mortgage rates about to hit an all-time low?

The lowest mortgage rates have ever been was around Thanksgiving 2012 when the interest rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage fell to 3.31% (according to Freddie Mac data), but rising panic over the coronavirus could drive rates to lows never seen before. HW+ Premium Content

Feb 25, 2020 By

Latest Articles

The looming concerns servicers might be ignoring

Breaking down the biggest trends and concerns servicers should be thinking about, TMS Chief Compliance Officer Shanya Arrington sat down with HousingWire to offer some exclusive insights on what’s happening in the servicing space. HW+ Premium Content

Feb 27, 2020 By
3d rendering of a row of luxury townhouses along a street

Log In

Forgot Password?

Don't have an account? Please