It was a busy week in the real estate market, with trends continuing to move in the right direction. Mortgage interest rates decreased to 3.15%, which helped spur a 18% jump in mortgage applications compared to the year prior. In contrast, when the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic was starting about six weeks ago, mortgage applications were down 35% annually.
The stock market also moved upward, fueled by an extremely positive jobs report. While economists were estimating unemployment would hit 20%, reports instead showed that 2.5 million jobs were added in May. That’s the biggest increase the country has experienced in the history of tracking those numbers.
On the real estate side, the volume of home showings last month was higher than it was in both May 2019 and 2018. Just last week, Long & Foster, as a company, had over 1,000 new listings and wrote contracts for over $760 million in homes. We believe real estate’s strong performance in May will set the tone for June and July.
As we focus on positive economic indicators, we also wanted to acknowledge this was an emotional week for our country. I’m proud to be affiliated with Long & Foster, a company that supports diversity, equality and opportunity, and that condemns intolerance, racism, bigotry and any other forms of hatred and injustice.
Please reach out to me with any questions you have about the real estate market and let me know how I can help you. As always, stay safe and healthy.