Homie’s Greater Phoenix, AZ Housing Market Update July 2020

It’s hot outside and so is the market!

“Hottest Summer ever in Phoenix recorded history and also the hottest July ever for real estate sales in the Greater Phoenix area. Our market is smoking! In the last 20 years, monthly sales have topped 10,000 only four previous times. July 2020 has reached this milestone with 10,303 sales!” -Wayne Graham, Head of Real Estate Operations at Homie Arizona.

Monthly Sales

chart showing number of home sales in AZ from July 1 to July 31, 2020

Data via ARMLS® from July 1, 2020 to July 31, 2020.

According to the data from the ARMLS® from July 1, 2020 to July 31, 2020, real estate sales are up +8.4% month-over-month . The year-over-year comparison is up +12.1% at 10,303 compared to 9,192 in 2018-19.

List Price

*Data from the ARMLS® from July 1, 2020 to July 31, 2020.

Average new list prices are up +15.7% at $418.2K compared to $361.3K in 2018-19. The year over-year median is up +12.9% at $325K, compared to $287.9K in 2018-19.

Sale Price

chart comparing july 1-july 31 2020 to last quarter 2019.

*Data from the ARMLS® from July 1, 2020 to July 31, 2020.

Home values are staying strong. The average sales price is up +14.6% year-over year at $391.6K, compared to $341.6K in 2018-19. While the year-over year median sales price is also up +12.5% at $315K compared to $280K in 2018-19.

Days on Market (DOM)

chart comparing average days on market in july 1 to july 31 2020 to 2019

*Data from the ARMLS® from July 1, 2020 to July 31, 2020.

We saw the Average Cumulative Days on Market decrease in July 2020-19, averaging 55 days on market versus 63 Average Cumulative Days on Market in 2018-19. At Homie, we are continuing to see sellers getting multiple offers on their homes.

July Breaks Records in 2020

A message from our Associate Broker, Jennifer Hull:

For Buyers

It’s a jungle out there for buyers! Despite recent appreciation rates the Home Opportunity Index* measure for the Greater Phoenix market increased to 64.8% for the 2nd Quarter in 2020; the previous measure was 63.0%. This means that a household making the current median family income of $72,300 per year could afford 64.8% of what sold in the 2nd Quarter of 2020. By comparison, the HOI measure for the United States was 59.6%.

Historically, a normal range for this measure is between 60-75%. During the bubble years of excessive appreciation between 2005-2006, the HOI plummeted from 60.1% to 26.6%. Typically if it falls below 60%, the market should start to see a drop in demand. With the most recent increase however, Greater Phoenix is still within normal range and experiencing demand 20% above normal for this time of year.

What makes this market significantly different from the infamous bubble and crash is the relation between resale housing growth and population growth. In the early 2000’s, housing was growing faster than the population and creating a surplus. This surplus went unnoticed due to excessive speculator (i.e. “false”) demand fueled by loose lending practices. When loans tightened up, the surplus came roaring into focus as vacant inventory soared to over double the normal levels. However since 2006, the population has grown faster than housing. It has taken 14 years, but the population growth fueled by job growth has finally consumed the surplus of resale housing created during the bubble years and now the market is facing a shortage of homes for sale.

This type of market and appreciation is not sustainable long term, however it’s here now and properties purchased today are expected to continue appreciating over the next 6-12 months.

For Sellers

So much for the summer slowdown, July had a record number of closings go through the Arizona Regional MLS; surpassing every July as far back as 2001. July also had record breaking sales in dollar volume with $3.9B sold. The best July ever recorded prior was in 2005 at $2.9B. The monthly appreciation rate finalized 12.5% higher than 2019 and was the 4th highest appreciation rate for July going back to 2001.

“One third of homes closed were over asking price and only 15% involved any sort of seller-paid closing cost assistance; down from a high of 27% last May. Half of all sellers who accepted contracts in the first week of August did so with 7 days or less on the market.

Contracts on luxury homes over $1M are up an incredible 93% over last year at this time. Between $500K-$1M, contracts are up 64%. Between $300K-$500K, they’re up 39%. Between $250K-$300K, up 15%. If you need to sell, this is indeed the time to do it!” -Jennifer Hull, Associate Broker at Homie Arizona.

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Homie’s Greater Phoenix, AZ Housing Market Update August 2020

The real estate market fluctuates often. The local Phoenix market isn’t an exception! Many people are wondering how the market performed this summer. Spoiler alert–the summer might be over but the market is staying hot! We’ve got your monthly update!

chart showing monthly sales increased YOY

Data via ARMLS®.

According to data from the ARMLS® from August 1, 2020 to August 31, 2020 the Phoenix metro area saw a 13.8% decrease from the previous month. At 8,878 total sales, the number is still quite high. That month-over-month drop is largely driven by July’s 20-year record-breakingly high sales numbers. Comparing monthly sales to August 2019, the market has seen a 1.7% increase.

List Price

data showing new list price up to 445k over 335k yoy

Data via ARMLS®

August list prices saw a +19.4% year-over-year increase, landing at $445.4K. At $335K, a +13.6% increase from August 2019, median list prices are also high.

Sale Price

chart showing sales price at 398k vs. 325k YOY

Data via ARMLS®

Throughout the summer months, sale prices have been rising, but August saw the largest jump. At $398.8K, sale prices are up +17.7%, compared to August 2019. That’s a significant increase considering July saw only a 14.6% year-over-year increase in average sale prices, while June’s increase was just 1.4%.

At $325K, median sale prices are also rapidly jumping up with a +16.1% year-over-year increase. If you’re wondering if this will continue, forecasts predict the sale prices to rise again in September.

Days on Market (DOM)

chart showing average days on market down to 51 from 63 YOY

Data via ARMLS®

We have good news if you’re looking to sell quickly. The Average Cumulative Days on Market is dropping steadily. The average for 2020 is 51, which is a 4 day decrease from July 2020 and a 12 day decrease from August 2019.

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Boise, ID Real Estate Market 2020 Recap & 2021 Forecast

2020 brought us one of the wildest real estate markets in memory. When COVID-19 began to take a foothold in early spring, the real estate market came to a screeching halt…for about two weeks. As the pandemic moved through spring and summer, the Boise market grew red hot once again.

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Here are some of the most notable takeaways of the Boise area real estate market in 2020.

A Major Sellers’ Market

Throughout the year, sellers in the Treasure Valley were seeing multiple offers, home bids well over asking price, rapid appreciation, and buyers waiving home inspections and appraisals. It was a good year to be a homeowner or a home seller. Homebuyers, on the other hand, had to learn to navigate an increasingly competitive market.

Record Low Inventory

2020 began with a shortage of homes listed on the market. Listings were hovering around 2-3 months of inventory at the start of the year. Other than the short-lived halt in the market due to COVID-19, the trend of low inventory only increased throughout the year. In late spring, inventory fell to record lows, with only a one-month supply. In total, active listings in both Ada and Canyon counties fell 79% in 2020.

Rising Home Values

Dropping inventory levels often lead to rising home values, and this principle held true in the Boise area this year. For context, the year-over-year increase in values for Ada County homes between 2018 and 2019 was only 9.9%. The 2019 to 2020 growth was immense.

In addition to record-low inventory, record-low interest rates also drove the increase in home values. Buyers were jumping to buy new homes, even while fewer and fewer homes became available.

Migration to Idaho

During the 2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic, the entire country saw a trend of urbanites moving out of major cities and into areas with more space and fewer people. This trend accelerated the already expanding Boise market and our surrounding vacation markets, such as McCall and Sun Valley.

The cost of driving a Uhaul from San Francisco to Boise was 10-30 times more expensive than moving the exact same Uhauls from Boise to San Francisco. Uhaul parking lots are literally bursting at the seams with idle trucks from people having moved to Boise or the surrounding areas. Idaho is now the fastest-growing state in the country.

Expectations for 2021

As we enter 2021, the story of the Treasure Valley remains the same. Huge numbers of people are moving to Boise and the surrounding areas. There is an extreme shortage of homes for sale and for rent. Prices of homes for rent and sale continue to escalate.

On the bright side for prospective buyers, interest rates are near their all-time lows, and this fact has helped keep affordability in check despite the massive growth in appreciation. If interest rates are to reverse course then affordability could become a major impediment to home buyers.

With possible increases in income taxes and capital gains, we could see new headwinds on luxury real estate which has had a good run. Investors are more likely to participate in a 1031 exchange to defer rising capital gains rates. In short, 2021 is starting off as 2020 ended. It’s a great time to be a homeowner. This is good news for sellers and buyers alike.

Talk to A Homie in 2021

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Homie’s Utah Housing Market Update January 2021

The Utah real estate market continues to see new peaks and valleys. Here’s your monthly update on what’s happening.

Data from Utah MLS from January 1, 2021 to January 31, 2021.

Sale Price

In January, Utah real estate prices leveled out from their previous upward trend. Median home prices settled at $380K, down $4K or 1% from December. The annual trend, however, shows a stark contrast. Median home prices rose $55K, or 16.9% from the previous January. The 2020-21 trendline has been mirroring the 2019-20 trendline for several months, albeit at a higher level.

UT Median Sale Price Jan 21

Data from Utah MLS

Days on Market (DOM)

When it comes to days on the market, the Utah market has stayed steady. For the fourth month in a row, the average home spent nine days on the Utah market. That’s a full 30 day difference from January 2020, a 76.9% year-over-year decrease. Homebuyers may feel the heat of competition for fast-moving homes in this seller’s market.

UT DOM Jan 21

Data from Utah MLS

Inventory

Inventory has fallen to new lows. Only 2,383 active listings were on the Utah market in January, compared to 2,920 available units in December. The month-over-month decrease was an on-trend 18.4%. Annually, the market saw a rather steep drop from 6,811 active listings in January 2020. That’s a year-over-year inventory decrease of 65%. With that level of scarcity, it’s no wonder that Utah homes are selling so quickly.

UT Inventory Jan 21

Data from Utah MLS

Monthly Sales

January saw a sharp decline in monthly sales from December, down by 1,528 units or 35.3%, following the seasonal trend. Monthly sales have followed the seasonal pattern, down one tenth of a percent from November 2020. A mere six fewer homes were sold in December than in the previous month. Observing the annual trend, home sales came up just slightly from the previous January. Only 90 more homes sold in January 2021 than January 2020, an increase of 3.3%. It is likely that market seasonality is largely responsible for the dip. However, the low level of inventory may be affecting the number of homes sold as well.

UT Monthly Sales Jan 21

Data from Utah MLS

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Homie’s Greater Phoenix, AZ Housing Market Update January 2021

Phoenix January 2021 Market Report

2021 is already starting off strong for the Arizona housing market. Check out the January happenings!

Monthly Sales

According to data from the ARMLS ® from January 1, 2021 to January 31, 2021, the Phoenix metro area had 7,076 monthly sales, an +11.8% year-over-year increase, landing at 7,076. This number is a 26.8% drop from the previous month’s sales, however.

Monthly Sales

Data From ARMLS®

List Price

With a +10.8% increase from January of 2020, the average list price in Phoenix this January was $471.4K. Median prices also rose in January, landing at $347.7K, a +12.2% increase from December.

New List Prices

Data From ARMLS®

Sale Price

Sale prices continue to rise faster and faster. With an increase of +20.6% between January 2020 and January 2021, the average list price this month was $439.6K. Median sale prices also rose with +17.3% year-over-year increase. The January median sale price was $340.0K. This increase is 3% larger than the previous month’s increase in median sale price. Both median and average sale prices are expected to rise again in February.

Sales Prices

Data From ARMLS®

Days on Market (DOM)

The Average Cumulative Days on Market in January was 46. This is a three-day increase from the previous month, however, it’s an 18-day decrease from January 2020, showing the market is still quite hot, especially for this time of year.

Average Days on Market

Data From ARMLS®

A Message From Wayne Graham, Head of Real Estate

All indications point to the Phoenix market continuing to be strong in 2021. We have a strong start to the year coming off a record year in 2020. The demand for homes is high as interest rates are still low so we expect homes to continue to sell quickly. Now is the time to jump into the Phoenix market and take advantage of record sales and high demand.

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Buyer’s vs. Seller’s Market: What Do They Mean?

When you’re buying a house, it’s important to know what type of market you’re in: a buyers market or a sellers market. Each type of housing market offers its own set of unique opportunities and drawbacks depending on what side of the equation you’re on.

In a buyers market, the market is more favorable toward buyers due to an abundance of inventory, a low demand for housing or other factors that cause home sales to be slower than normal. This type of market works in the buyer’s favor because they can ask for extra concessions, lowball the offer or generally push the purchase to be more favorable to them. A sellers market, on the other hand, means that you’ll be competing with other buyers for the homes on the market. In this case, the seller calls the shots due to high demand for homes.

Though much of the country would be considered a sellers market right now due to extremely low interest rates on mortgage loans, that could always change in the near future. The pendulum swings constantly, and it’s not always clear where it will stop. So, if you’re considering a new home purchase in the near future, here’s what you need to know about a buyers or sellers market to make the most of the market you happen to be in.

In this article

What is a buyer’s market?

A buyers market is when there are more houses for sale than there are buyers. People aren’t buying at a fast enough rate to keep the market from flooding with inventory — which drives the market to be more friendly to the buyers that do exist.

[Read: Mortgage Rates Hit Another 50-Year Low. Should You Buy?]

In a buyers market, sellers must often lower the asking price on their homes to be competitive. If they don’t, they run the risk of their house sitting on the market for too long, which can cause financial issues or issues with getting a loan for the house they’re moving to. Therefore, not only do homebuyers get to enjoy deflated prices in a buyer’s market, but they also stand a good chance of having their lowball offers being considered.

What is a seller’s market?

A sellers market is the opposite of a buyer’s market, and occurs when there are more buyers than there are sellers. When this happens, sellers obviously have the upper hand. Any reasonably priced house is likely to get multiple offers or even instigate a bidding war in highly desirable neighborhoods or cities.

In this type of market, most homes don’t last long before being snatched up by buyers — especially if mortgage loan interest rates are as low as they are right now. Many homes are sold as is and could even get an offer that’s well above asking price. If you have a home to sell, putting it on the market during a seller’s market will likely get you more than you paid for it and help propel you to your next home.

[Read: How to Negotiate Mortgage Closing Costs]

How to determine if it’s a buyers market or a sellers market

If you want to determine whether you’re in a buyers or sellers market, there are a few tricks you can use to figure it out. These include:

  • Analyze the inventory. Use a listing website and look at the county, neighborhood or area you plan to purchase in. Pay particular attention to information like time on the market and the final sales price. If you see a large number of homes are being sold as soon as they hit the market, you are most likely in a sellers market. If sold homes are few and far between, you’re in a buyers market. It’s possible to get even more precise. You can divide the number of homes on the market by the number of homes sold the last 30 days. If the quotient is over seven, you’re in a buyer’s market. Five sold homes or below equals a sellers market.
  • Determine the amount of time homes are sitting. Homes sell quickly in a sellers market if they are priced right and are in good condition — or in some cases, they may sell even if they need a ton of work and aren’t priced as low as you’d expect. The opposite is true of a buyers market.
  • Determine market trends. Are home prices rising or falling? A downward trend suggests a buyers market while an upwards trend indicates a sellers market. The good news is that you don’t have to do the research yourself. You can easily find market reports online or ask a licensed real estate agent to pull some comps for you.
  • Figure out whether the homes are selling for asking price. If a lot of the offers in the area you’re looking at are selling for more than their asking price, that is obviously good news for sellers and bad news for buyers. If the comps indicate that the homes are selling for well below the list price, then you know you’re in a buyers market. You can also look at current listings to determine whether you’re in a buyers or sellers market. Do you notice a lot of listed homes with price cuts? This suggests that homes in this area have sat on the market for longer than expected and that buyers are in control.

Tips for a buyer’s market

A buyer’s market offers unique perks for would-be homeowners. However, if you’re a seller, you’ll have to both lower your expectations and clear a few hurdles along the way.

[Read: 5 Tips for Navigating the Mortgage Underwriting Process During Covid-19]

Tips for sellers:

  • Don’t ask for too much. If your home is priced in the right range, you could still get a buyer in a reasonable amount of time. However, don’t price your home too low to try and unload it, since buyers will still push the envelope in this type of market, no matter what you list your home at.
  • Tackle needed repairs that won’t break the bank. With so many options to choose from, buyers won’t have a reason to take on a fixer-upper unless you’re selling it at a huge discount. Any decent agent will be able to tell you what your house needs to get attention — so listen to them and make repairs or upgrades when possible.
  • Be prepared for lowball offers. Don’t take lowball offers personally and be prepared for them. Figure out what you’re willing to negotiate on before you list your home. If you aren’t willing to negotiate, your home may sit there for a while.

Tips for buyers:

  • Be aggressive: Don’t be afraid to make an offer that’s well below the asking price — especially if the home has been on the market for a while. All the buyer can do is turn you down — and if you’re in a buyers market, it’s less likely that would happen.
  • Negotiate with the seller. You have nothing to lose by negotiating. There are tons of other options on the market if this offer falls through. So, unless you’re at risk of losing the house of your dreams, you can go back and forth with the seller without worrying that you’ll kill the deal over bad feelings.
  • Ask for repairs and closing costs. The worst thing that might happen is the seller will say no. At the very least, you can expect a reasonable counter offer to come of it — and best case, you’ll end up with some contributions from the seller to make your home purchase cheaper.

Tips for a seller’s market

A seller’s market is a great time to cash in if you’re a seller. If you’re a buyer, be prepared to compete with tons of other buyers and maybe offer more than you originally intended.

Tips for sellers:

  • Don’t worry about cosmetic repairs. As long as your home is in decent condition, it’s very likely to get multiple offers. You don’t need to dump a bunch of money into painting the bathroom a neutral color or upgrading the siding. Buyers will still likely be interested in your home.
  • Test the waters on the price. Believe it or not, you can scare buyers away with an overly ambitious listing price, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t test the waters a little bit. Try listing your home for over what you think it’s worth. Even with a high listing price, you may get a bidding war from buyers — especially if you’re in a highly desirable area and also in a sellers market.

Tips for buyers:

  • Check listing sites every day. It’s not uncommon for homes to get offers on the first day of listing in a sellers market. Be prepared to live on sites like Realtor and Zillow — and employ the help of a real estate professional who can send you the new listings as soon as they hit the market.
  • Work with a top notch agent. In a sellers market, you’ll need an aggressive agent who is able and willing to drop to show you a house. If you don’t have an agent like this, you’re going to miss out.
  • Get preapproved. You need to be able to make an offer at any time to be competitive with other buyers. Speak with a lender before you speak with an agent to get preapproved — this will strengthen your offer and make you stand out against others.
  • Know your maximum price. Bidding wars are common in a sellers market. Your emotions can put you in financial ruin if you aren’t careful, so you need to know when to back out. Set a maximum price cap and stick to it. Also keep in mind that you can refinance later on if you need to.
  • Don’t ask for too much. You’re competing with a lot of buyers in this type of market. Asking for too much in closing costs and repairs will likely result in the seller not considering your offer.

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Homie’s Arizona Housing Market Update September 2020

The real estate market in the greater Phoenix metro area is booming. Prices continue to rise and homes continue to sell faster and faster. Here’s your monthly update on what’s happening.

Monthly Sales

According to data from the ARMLS® from September 1, 2020 to September 30, 2020 the Phoenix metro area saw 9,305 total sales in the month of September. This is a +4.8% from the previous month. Looking at the year-over-year comparison, the jump is even higher. September 2020’s monthly sales are +18.5% higher than monthly sales in September 2019.

chart showing monthly sales for 2020 at 9305 vs 7850 in 2019.

Data via ARMLS® September 2020.

List Price

September list prices saw a +11.1% year-over-year increase, landing at $458.8K. At 335K, an +11.7% increase from September 2019, median list prices are also high.

Chart showing list price for 2020 at 458.

Data via ARMLS® September 2020.

Sale Price

At $410.9K, sale prices are rising. This is a +23.1% increase from last September and a +3% increase from August of this year. At $329K, median sale prices also rose with +17.5% increase from September 2019.

Both the average and median sale prices are rising quicker and quicker. September’s +23.1% year-over-year increase in average sale price is a jump up from August’s +17.7% year-over-year comparison. Before that, July’s increase was +14.6%, while June only had a year-over-year increase of +1.4%. The median sale price is following a similar upward trend. If you’re looking to invest in a home in this market, buying sooner may be better than later.

sales price chart comparing 2020 average at 410.9k vs 329k in 2019

Data via ARMLS® September 2020.

Days on Market (DOM)

The Average Cumulative Days on Market continues to drop. Homes are selling faster and faster every month. The average DOM for September 2020 was 46, which is a 5-day decrease from August 2020 and a 13-day decrease from September 2019.

Average days on market 2020 46 vs. 59 in 2019.

Data via ARMLS® September 2020.

A Message From Sales and Operations Manager, Wayne Graham

There is no doubt about it, the Phoenix market is not slowing down. After another record-setting month of September and October is already shaping up to do the same. Despite our depressed economy due to Covid-19, the Phoenix real estate market will continue to surpass all expectations for 2020.

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All data retrieved from ARMLS®.

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Homie’s Las Vegas, Nevada Housing Market Update September 2020

Even as Las Vegas finally starts to cool down, the real estate market keeps on heating up. Read below for Homie’s update.

In September, the real estate market saw growth on all fronts including # of listings, # units sold, and in terms of median listing and sales price. The market also saw month-over-month growth which might indicate that buyers and sellers are becoming more comfortable in the existing real estate market. Here’s the full breakdown:

Monthly Sales

According to the data from the GLVAR® from September 2020, Las Vegas real estate realized a whopping 18.9% increase in the number of single-family units sold compared to 2019.

housing snapshot comparing single family homes to townhomes/condos this year

List Price

Average new list prices stay strong year over year as September records a 9.3% increase in new listing prices for single-family units and a strong 13.6% increase for condo/townhouse units.

chart showing average and median list price for homes rising in 2020 compared to 2019

Data from the GLVAR® from September 2020 and September 2019.

Sale Price

Property prices continued to grow as this seller market keeps on strong. We saw an 8.8% increase in year-over-year median price for single family units, and also a 14.3% increase in year-over-year median price for condos and townhouses.

chart showing increase in sales price on homes in 2020 compared to 2019

Data from the GLVAR® from September 2020 and September 2019.

Days on Market (DOM)

We saw the Average Cumulative Days on Market continue to decrease in September 2020, as demand for this market continues to go strong. Now averaging a short 45 days on market versus 81 Average Cumulative Days on Market in 2019. This is a strong indicator that the real estate market is making a recovery in Las Vegas as buyers and sellers are much more comfortable to buy and sell, fast!

Average days on market lower in 2020 compared to 2019.

Data from the GLVAR® from September 2020 and September 2019.

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Homie’s Utah Housing Market Update October 2020

The real estate market fluctuates often. The local Utah market isn’t an exception! Here’s your monthly update on what’s happening.

Data from Utah MLS from October 1, 2020 to October 31, 2020.

Monthly Sales

According to data from the Utah MLS from October 1, 2020 to October 31, 2020 monthly sales in Utah are rising. At 5,602, there were 417 more monthly sales in October of this year than in September. This is a +15.4% increase from October 2019.

graph showing 5,602 monthly sales in Oct. 2020 compared to 4,213 in Oct. 2019

Data via Utah MLS.

List Price

It’s not just inventory that’s rising, but list prices are rising in Utah, as well. October’s median list price was $369K, a +12% year-over-year increase.

data bubble showing 369k as the median list price in Oct. 2020, 12% increase year over year

Data via Utah MLS.

Sale Price

At $370K, Utah’s sale median sale prices are sitting slightly higher than the median list price. This number is $50K, or +15.6%, higher than sale prices in October 2019.

graph showing median sale price at 370k in Oct. 2020 compared to 322k in Oct. 2019

Data via Utah MLS.

Days on Market (DOM)

Homes in Utah are flying off the market faster and faster all the time. October’s average number of Days on the Market was 9. The previous month’s average DOM was 11, while October of 2019 had an average of 29. This is a whopping -69% decrease. If you’re looking to buy a house, you’ll need to move faster than before.

graph showing average days on market in Oct. 2020 as 9 compared to Oct. 2019 at 28

Data via Utah MLS.

Number of Homes Listed With Homie

A total of 231 homies listed their homes with Homie during the month of October.

Stat showing 231 homes listed by Homie in Oct. 2020

Data via Homie Real Estate.

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What is the Difference Between ETFs and Index Funds?

ETFs and index funds attempt to mimic the growth of the stock market. The general trend of the stock market in its few hundred years of existence has been upward, even if it has its daily ups and downs. So, the goal of a diversified portfolio, like those available in both ETFs and index funds, is to tap into that growth for individual consumers. Usually, these assets are geared toward slow and steady, long-term growth.

Before you start looking for your next investment opportunity, it’s smart to become more familiar with the different kinds of financial products available. This post will cover what you need to know about the difference between ETFs, or exchange-traded funds, and index funds. The two investment tools are fairly similar, share many of the same perks, and are often suitable for similar long-term investing goals. However, they do differ in a few interesting ways. Some of the topics we’ll cover related to ETFs vs index funds include:

Before you call your broker, let’s cover the basics.

Understanding ETFs

An ETF stands for exchange-traded fund. There’s a lot going on in that term, so let’s break it down. “Exchange-traded” means it’s traded on a stock exchange, the same way that investors might trade shares in an individual company. “Fund” simply means it’s a large collection of money that many people can add to. Put the two together, and you get a fund where investors can pool their money into a collection of stocks and bonds.

ETFs come in two broad categories that are important to know about before investing any capital: index ETFs and actively managed ETFs.

  • Indexed ETFs track a market index, like the Dow Jones or S&P 500. These are collections of large companies whose overall trajectory closely mirrors the progress of the market as a whole. Over history, the general trend of the economy has been upward. So, the idea behind an index-based ETF is to simply tap into that growth by putting the pooled funds into a collection of stocks that will track market trends.
  • Actively managed ETFs are managed by a fund manager who intentionally invests in certain securities in order to reach a specific investment goal. The idea behind an actively managed fund is that the investors, and the fund manager, are hoping to grow high-yielding assets faster than they might by simply matching a market index.

For the sake of this post, we are mostly concerned with the difference between index funds and ETFs, so we’ll focus more on index-based ETFs because they are much more common than their actively managed counterparts.

Index fund basics

Index funds are a general name for a fund that seeks to track a market index. So, technically speaking, an indexed ETF is a type of index fund. Index funds, however, can also be mutual funds, which are another investment product that you can purchase.

A mutual fund is a company that bundles investors’ money and puts it toward a set of securities and bonds with a particular investment goal in mind. Index mutual funds try to track a market index, and so they tend to grow with the economy over time. Other mutual funds may try to out-perform the market, or try to cash in on a new and exciting innovation that presents an investment opportunity.

Index funds, however, tend to be the “slow and steady wins the race” option. In fact, 80% of actively managed funds (funds that are attempting to out-perform the market) did worse over time than the S&P 500. This means that, if you had invested in an index fund tracking the S&P 500 instead, you would likely have made more money than someone who invested in an actively managed fund.

If it sounds a lot like an index-tracking ETF and an index-tracking mutual fund are pretty similar, don’t worry; that’s because they are. However. there are still a few important differences to point out, which we will go over next.

Index funds vs ETFs: What’s the difference?

The difference between an index-based ETF and an index-based mutual fund is pretty technical, but understanding investing often requires working through technical terms. First, in a certain sense, simply comparing ETFs vs index funds is a bit of a false dichotomy. That’s because ETFs can be index funds, as long as they’re structured to track an index.

In a broad sense, the two vehicles are geared toward the same purpose, too: earning you money slowly but (mostly) surely over the long term (years to decades). You’re likely to find both ETFs and indexed mutual funds included as part of retirement portfolios.

Both ETFs and mutual funds (indexed or not) are SEC-registered investment companies. ETFs, however, trade just like stocks meaning that you can buy or sell shares at any time the market is open. Mutual funds, on the other hand, can not be traded during the day. Mutual Funds are priced at the end of each trading day, so if you placed a buy trade for a mutual fund on Monday the shares would not be purchased until Tuesday. This main difference is because ETFs, like stocks, can only be purchased in whole shares. So if an ETF is priced at $25 per share and you had $80 to invest you could only buy 3 shares for $75 dollars. In a mutual fund you can buy decimals of shares. For example, if you still had $80 to invest and a share of a mutual fund was $25 then you could get 3.2 shares.

Mutual funds may have simpler, more hands-off reinvestment opportunities. That is, if you earn dividends, they may be immediately reinvested in your fund. ETFs, on the other hand, may charge a small fee for this transaction; however, you can also turn on automatic reinvestment of dividends for ETFs, as well.

Ultimately, choosing to invest in an ETF or Mutual fund will depend on your personal preference and the options you have based on where you are investing.

How do I know what’s right for me?

Once you’re ready to start investing, it’s normal to wonder what options are right for you, and for your specific situation. Your particular investment path will depend primarily on three key variables:

  1. Your goals: What are you investing for? Are you saving for retirement, or are you planning a destination wedding or dream house?
  2. Your time horizon: How long do you have to reach your goals?
  3. Your risk tolerance: Are you okay with being a little risky in hope of a larger return, or would you rather play it safe and let slow and steady win the race?

Knowing what investment strategy is right given your answers to questions 1, 2, and 3 above is the first step in finding the portfolio that’s right for you. Whatever your specific situation, however, ETFs and index funds may be a solid choice.

Here are some of the benefits of investing through an ETF or index fund.

Long-term growth potential

As we noted above, the focus with index-based mutual funds and ETFs is to match the slow and steady growth of the market. While downturns do occur, and there may be periods where your investment portfolio is looking rougher than you’d like, chances are still good that you’ll be able to grow your investments in the long run.

In fact, the average historical growth of the S&P 500 is around 10% a year. That means, by investing in index funds that track that market index, you may be able to make similar gains — averaged over the long term.

Higher chance of long-term gains vs other assets

Take another look at the chart displayed above. It states that over 80% of actively managed funds under-performed the S&P 500. This suggests that, when investors try to be clever and invest in such a way that they beat the growth of the stock market, eight out of ten times, they fail to do so.

Again, if your aim is long-term growth, you may have a higher chance of achieving it by simply using an index-based ETF or index-based mutual fund to steadily grow your money, rather than risking it on an actively managed ETF or mutual fund that tries to out-perform the market.

Relatively low fees

Actively managed funds also tend to cost more. That’s because they require fund managers to actively research and pick out securities to invest in. Index funds (whether mutual funds or ETFs) avoid this by requiring little maintenance from fund managers. So, fees for investing tend to be lower.

ETF & index fund essentials: How to get started investing

Getting started investing can seem daunting, especially with so many options and technical terms floating around. Don’t worry; there are simple, concrete steps you can take to start taking advantage of ETFs and index funds. Consider these options:

  • Brokerage services: Brokerage services professionally manage your personal investment portfolio. They might help you plan for retirement, help you take advantage of tax breaks, or help you optimize investments for a specific goal. You can let them know you’re interested in investing in ETFs or through a mutual fund.
  • Robo investors: Rather than paying for an expensive human broker, a robo investor allows you to open a retirement account or personal investment portfolio with just a few taps of your phone. Cleverly programmed algorithms tailor an account to your preferences, including investing in ETFs and index funds.
  • Solo investing: You can choose to manage on your own and purchase a mutual fund directly from the company that runs it, or buy an ETF directly from a stock exchange. This might be a better option for those who know a bit about how to invest in stocks. (You may also want to take a look at our guide to investing mistakes to avoid before rushing to the exchanges.)
  • Retirement allocation: If you have an IRA that you’ve set up on your own, or you have a 401k through your employer, there’s a good chance you may already be invested in ETFs or an index-based mutual fund. If not, it’s a good idea to consider these options as part of your portfolio.

ETFs vs mutual funds vs index funds, and actively managed vs index-based — the terms can be tricky, but with the right background knowledge, you can make informed investment decisions to help grow your future.

Sources:

Investor.gov | Investopedia | SPIVA Statistics & Reports

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