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Share of Cash Buyers Surges to Decade High

REALTOR® Magazine | Melissa Dittmann Tracey

Home buyers who paid cash accounted for 32% of home sales in January, marking the highest rate since 2014, the National Association of REALTORS® reports. Many leveraged the equity from a prior home sale.

Vacation-home buyers and real estate investors made up the bulk of all-cash buyers over the last six months, according to NAR. However, in the last two years, more buyers purchasing a primary residence are using cash as well,” NAR Deputy Chief Economist Jessica Lautz says on the association’s Economists’ Outlook blog.

“These housing consumers owned a home, sold it and then they could purchase their next property without a mortgage,” Lautz says. “The freedom to make this purchase was likely due to the large amount of housing equity they have earned as home prices have increased in recent years.”

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