Price Cuts on New Construction Homes Becoming More Common

January 18th, 2019

“More newly built homes are seeing their list prices drop, but the size of those price cuts has been remarkably steady which suggests that the trend we are seeing is being driven more by price discovery than by desperate sellers,” said Zillow Senior Economist Aaron Terrazas. “The housing market cooled in late 2018, particularly at higher price points and in pricier communities where new construction has clustered in recent years. Facing high and rising construction costs, builders have few options but to target upmarket while homebuyers are increasingly squeezed by tight affordability and rising interest rates. But the trend could be short-lived. New home building inched upward for most of the past few years, but about a year ago permitting activity began to pull back. With fewer new homes in the pipeline, these price cuts may prove to be a fleeting phenomenon.”

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