Buyers continue to seek out luxury homes even as prices soar in Q3

by Rincey Abraham

Luxury home prices grew 4.9 percent in the third quarter of 2017 compared to the same time last year as inventory tightened on the top end of the market. This marked the first quarter in which luxury inventory fell year-over-year since Redfin began reporting on the market in 2014.

According to the report, the number of homes priced at or above $1 million fell 18.1 percent compared to the third quarter of 2016. Homes priced at or above $5 million saw a similar decline of 19 percent. The average sale price of all luxury homes rose to $1.71 million.

Luxury homes are also flying off the market at a faster pace than last year, with the typical luxury home finding a buyer in 70 days in Q3 2017 compared to 74 days in Q3 2016.

“There is still strong buyer demand for high-end homes,” said Redfin chief economist Nela Richardson. “Despite declining inventory, luxury sales soared in the third quarter. Sales of homes priced at or above $1 million were up 11 percent from a year ago, while sales of homes priced at or above $5 million were up almost as much at 10 percent.”

The luxury market report from Redfin tracks home sales in more than 1,000 cities and defines the luxury market as the top 5 percent most expensive homes in the city sold each quarter.