A recent report from Redfin says that as of late October, a third of homes sold went under contract within seven days of hitting the market – and they say that rate has been in the rise for 6+ weeks. In addition they point out that their Homebuyer Demand Index (measuring requests for home tours and other home-buying services) rose 1.2 points during the week ending October 24, and was up 10% from a year earlier.
“Homes continue to sell quicker and quicker,” said Redfin Chief Economist Daryl Fairweather. “There are still plenty of homebuyers lying in wait who missed out during the Spring frenzy, and they are snatching up homes quickly. Now, those homes are selling for near-record prices. The housing market will likely stay hot until mortgage rates rise substantially.”