As mortgage rates creep up and stringent lending standards continue to make it difficult for many homebuyers to get loans, all-cash deals are accounting for more and more home sales completed in the U.S.
RealtyTrac data released today shows that 40 percent of all home sales in July — including single-family homes, co-ops, condos and townhomes — were made without a loan being recorded, up from 35 percent in June and 31 percent in July 2012.
A Goldman Sachs Group report released this month estimated that more than half of home sales during the last year and a half were all-cash deals.
OrganizationEstimated percentage of deals that were all-cash in July 2012Estimated percentage of deals that were all-cash in July 2013
Goldman Sachs Group50-plus%55-plus%
National Association of Realtors27%*31%*
Sources: RealtyTrac, Goldman Sachs Group (PDF), National Association of Realtors *Existing-home sales
Goldman Sachs analysts compared home sales data from the National Association of Realtors and the Census Bureau with data from the Mortgage Bankers Association and Lender Processing Services to come up with that estimate.
NAR’s data, built from monthly surveys of agents, shows all-cash deals made up 31 percent of existing-home sales in July, up 4 percentage points from the same time a year ago. But that estimate is made by calibrating sales with Census Bureau home sales data from 2011 — the last time NAR had enough data to recalibrate estimates — which could account for the some of the difference, NAR spokesman Walt Maloney said.