Sellers See Profit Margin Spike as 2021 Nears End

By Kelly Leighton | Nov. 12, 2021 | 2 min. read

Sellers reaped a 47.6% profit on sales of median-priced single-family homes in the U.S. in the third quarter of 2021.

This is the highest profit level in a decade, ATTOM Data Solutions reported. In the last quarter, sellers had a 42% return on investment and it was up 34.5% year over year. This is the biggest jump in quarters in seven years and the biggest yearly jump in 13 years. The typical seller netted a profit of $100,178, a record high, up nearly $12,000 from the previous quarter and up from $69,000 a year prior. The national median home price also reached a record high at $310,500, up 3.5% from the second quarter and 15.9% from a year prior. This is the fifth consecutive quarter of price rises of 10% year over year. All-cash sales represented 34% of single-family and condo sales, the highest in more than six years, and an increase of 0.8% from the previous quarter, and up from 21.4% a year ago.

Eighty-six percent of metropolitan areas saw a profit margin increase, while 93% of markets had home price increases. Pittsburgh, especially, had sellers see a jump in their annual profit margin. Compared to last year, when sellers made a profit margin of 40.1%, in the third quarter of 2021, sellers saw a profit margin of 61.9%. Surprisingly, Pittsburgh was also listed as one of the metro areas with a decrease in annual median prices, dropping 10.1%.

In this quick-moving market, homeownership tenure remains low. Sellers in the third quarter had owned their home for 6.31 years, down from 7.85 years a year ago, but stable from the second quarter. These are the shortest periods of tenure since 2013.

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