Redfin CEO expects ‘completely insane’ demand in housing market to final into 2021


The CEO of actual property brokerage Redfin instructed CNBC on Thursday he anticipates the coronavirus pandemic-driven growth within the housing market will persist into subsequent yr.

Current house gross sales increased 9.4% in September, surpassing expectations, and the median buy value rose practically 15% yr over yr, in response to knowledge launched earlier Thursday by the Nationwide Affiliation of Realtors.

“There isn’t any manner it could actually final endlessly. This degree of demand is completely insane. I might count on it to final into 2021, a minimum of,” Glenn Kelman of Redfin stated on “Power Lunch.” “There are such a lot of folks now who’ve determined they are not going to have the ability to purchase a house by year-end, who count on to take action going into 2021, particularly as their youngsters shift college districts. I do assume we’ll see this for a while.”

The demand for housing is primarily being pushed by prosperous professionals who’re in a position to work remotely, Kelman stated. That has given them the choice of shifting out of main metropolitan areas into extra distant suburbs or, he stated, shopping for trip properties “after which taking a everlasting trip the place they’re working from these properties.”

Low rates of interest are additionally motivating homebuyers, Kelman stated. Nonetheless, he identified that rates of interest is not going to all the time be low.

“Half of what’s fueling this growth is that the economic system has simply break up into two and wealthy individuals are in a position to entry capital nearly without spending a dime, so, in fact, they’ll use that cash to purchase properties,” he stated. “There’s simply one other group of People who’re nonetheless struggling, who cannot entry the credit score as a result of we have raised credit score requirements, and you’ve got excessive unemployment. I simply assume these two tendencies, sooner or later, need to collide.”

Shares of Redfin, which has a market cap of $4.5 billion, had been larger by greater than 1% Thursday to round $45.60 apiece. The inventory has soared greater than 115% in 2020.

Tight stock of for-sale properties has helped result in the upper buy costs. In line with the Nationwide Affiliation of Realtors knowledge, there was only a 2.7-month provide accessible on the finish of September, primarily based on the present gross sales tempo. It represents the bottom degree since 1982, when the Realtors started monitoring the metric.

Kelman stated he believes provide is more likely to enhance in November after the presidential election, when uncertainty decreases considerably. Because the means of itemizing and promoting a house can take months, sellers sometimes have a decrease danger tolerance than consumers, he stated.

“Patrons, after they see a home they love, they pounce,” he stated. “I believe the sellers are simply trying long run on the economic system and nonetheless feeling some nervousness. Lots of them are going to place their properties available on the market in January and February.”

— CNBC’s Diana Olick contributed to this report.