How will COVID-19 impact this year’s homebuying demand?

In today’s Daily Download episode, HousingWire Digital Producer Alcynna Lloyd interviews Odeta Kushi, deputy chief economist at First American Financial, about the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on this year’s homebuying demand.

For some background on the interview, here’s what has happened in the housing industry so far:

At the end of February and the beginning of March, it was projected that the spring homebuying season would arrive early.

In fact, January 2020 was the strongest January for purchase mortgage applications in 11 years, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association.

The beginning of March also showed that homebuyers were anxious to get moving into homebuying season, but that was before the coronavirus changed everything.

Although there were still homes being sold in early March, they were likely under contract in February, before COVID-19 forced most of the U.S. economy to shut down, Redfin said.

But towards the end of March, when stay-at-home orders were put into place and people were left unemployed, there was a 148% year-over-year increase in homes being delisted during the week ending March 29, coming to a total of 28,140 homes pulled off the market, according to Redfin.

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