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Metros where homes are selling for the most under asking price

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Written by Elena Cox | Stacker

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It is a tough time to be in the market for a new house.

The average 30-year fixed rate mortgage rose above 7% at the start of November 2022, the highest level in more than a decade, as the Federal Reserve raised its benchmark rates to combat inflation. Rates have dipped slightly since, but remain at historic highs. Even a half of a percentage point change can significantly affect the monthly payments required for a mortgage.

Since mortgage rates were under 4% for the better part of the past decade, many homebuyers locked in far more affordable rates than what’s on offer in today’s environment. And sellers aren’t exactly coming down on price—nationally, home prices are still increasing, just more slowly than they did during the height of the pandemic.

Stacker analyzed data from Redfin to see which metros had the most homes sold under the asking price. Metros include the main city as well as its surrounding towns and suburbs. Metros with fewer than 300 home sales in November 2023 are excluded from this list. The ranking considers the average sale-to-list ratio, which is the difference between what a home listed for and how much a buyer actually paid. Also listed are the metro area’s median listing prices for homes on the market in November and median sale prices for homes that sold during that month.

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