The Real Deal Los Angeles

All-cash buyers are growing in LA, but still lag compared to 2013

Some economists say cash deals could be inflating the market
September 18, 2018 12:15PM

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The amount of all-cash buyers grew across Los Angeles during the second quarter, but still lagged post-recession levels.

A new report from Attom Data Solutions, a real estate data firm, shows that all-cash deals accounted for 23.5 percent of all homes sold during April to June, Curbed reported. That’s up from 21.1 percent at the same time last year.

Though all-cash buyers are growing, they’re still not as common as they were in early 2013, when more than a quarter of all deals were handled in cash. Bargain deals and a flurry of foreclosures largely contributed to that. In the wake of the housing crash, banks also tightened up on lending.

When a buyer makes an offer in cash, it has the potential to inflate the market, Oscar Wei, a senior economist at California Association of Realtors, told Curbed. Buyers with the potential to purchase in all cash will typically outbid other potential buyers who require a loan, thus hiking up the value of a home.

Loans have also gotten more expensive as mortgage interest rates rise. That’s helped cash buyers, who don’t have to deal with the hassles of taking out a mortgage.

Last quarter also saw an increase in the median down payment, as well as co-buyers.

The median down payment on single-family homes and condos purchased with financing increased 19 percent to $19,900, according to the report.

Nationwide, co-buyers accounted for 17.6 percent of all sales last quarter. San Jose and San Francisco had the highest share of co-buyers, with nearly 50 and 40 percent of homes, respectively, sold to multiple, non-married buyers. [Curbed] — Natalie Hoberman