Vacation-Home Sales Plummet 31%

Saturday, March 29, 2008 | 06:38 AM

More ugly Real Estate news:

Each year, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) puts out a survey of Investment and Vacation Home Buyers. As is their congenital compulsion, the trade group spun the data to somehow make it appear less negative: "Second-Home Sales Accounted For One-Third of Transactions in 2007".

As if Vacation Home "market share" is a significant statistic. 

Puh-leeze.

The data point we are always interested in are the year over year, NSA, sales. In 2006, 1.07 million vacation homes were sold -- a record number. In 2007, second home sales had fallen 31% to 740,000, according to NAR data. The median price of a vacation home was $195,000 in 2007, down 2.5% from $200,000 in 2006.

2007 also saw speculators exiting the housing market: Homes bought purely for investment dropped 18% to 1.35 million last year, compared with 1.65 million in 2006. That is versus a 10% decline in primary-residence sales, (2007 = 4.34 million, down from 2006 = 4.82 million)

59% of vacation homes purchased in 2007 were detached single-family homes, 29% condos, 7% townhouses or rowhouses, and 5% other. In 2006, single family homes were 8%  higher (67%) and condos 8% lower (21%). This suggests that some vacation home buyers are shifting towards purchasing smaller, less expensive properties. Perhaps the aforementioned decline in speculative purchases was also a factor in this shift.

Lastly, the typical vacation-home buyer in 2007 was 46 years old, had a median household income of $99,100, and purchased a property that was a median of 287 miles from their primary residence.


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Sources:
Second-Home Sales Accounted For One-Third of Transactions in 2007
NAR, March 28, 2008
http://www.realtor.org/press_room/news_releases/2008/second_home_sales_accounted_for_one_third.html

Vacation-Home Sales Plummet
Amy Hoak
WSJ, March 28, 2008
http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2008/03/28/vacation-home-sales-plummet/

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Here on Cape Cod, a major vacation home locale, the real estate market is moribund. In our small town, the local assessor said she had not seen a building lot change title in over a year and home sales are way down, inventory way up (except for water-view). Example: new non-water-view 5-bedroom spec house on the market for > 2 years. Original asking: 1.4 million; last year reduced to 999k; now "pre-foreclosure price" - 750k.

Posted by: mind | Mar 29, 2008 6:52:38 AM

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