Thirteen percent of respondents said the election is making them more hesitant to buy or sell a home, down from 20% in
"Almost all the buyers I work with ask how the election could impact their home purchase," Pruitt said. "I don't have a crystal ball, but presidential elections have never seemed to affect the housing market much in the six election cycles I've been a real estate agent. The pandemic is having a much bigger impact, with low mortgage rates motivating buyers who want more space to work from home."
Indeed, three-quarters of buyers and half of sellers say the coronavirus pandemic is impacting their plans this year. Forty-three percent of buyers said they're planning to buy a home later than originally planned because of the pandemic, and 34% said they're buying a home sooner than originally planned. Of sellers, 21% said the pandemic is delaying their selling plans, 19% said it's accelerating their selling plans, and 10% said they've decided not to sell their home.
"Some home sellers—and buyers, to a lesser extent—are delaying their plans because of all the stress and uncertainty in the world, including the divisiveness surrounding the presidential election," said
Analysis of Past Presidential Elections Shows Minimal Impact on Home Sales; Sales Dip 1.5% in December and Rebound 1.5% in January
Redfin analyzed home sales in past presidential election years going back to 1980 and found elections have little impact on home sales when controlling for other economic factors such as changes in mortgage rates. Home sales rose by an average of just 0.4% in October and November of presidential election years compared with non-election years. In December of presidential election years—the month representing closed sales for offers made during November—home sales dropped by an average of 1.5%, followed by a 1.5% recovery in January.
"Home sales typically don't rise or fall much during the months surrounding a presidential election compared with those same months in non-election years, and although the upcoming election is happening at a particularly tumultuous time in our country's history, I expect the trend to remain the same," said Redfin economist
Redfin Forecasts 6.2 Million Total Home Sales in 2020, Highest Since 2005
All in all, Redfin's model forecasts that about 6.2 million homes will be sold by the end of 2020, 3% more than in 2019, and the most homes sold in any year since 2006. The model also allows for a range of possible outcomes: It forecasts 6.08 million homes sold, 1% more than 2019, on the low end, and 6.4 million, 6% more than 2019, on the high end. Redfin's forecast is based on many factors, including regional sales trends of new and existing sales, mortgage rates and income growth. The large forecast range is due to this election's uncertainty.
The full report and methodology are available at: https://www.redfin.com/blog/presidential-election-impact-home-sales
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