The slowing real estate market is leading more homebuyers to back out of deals, according to a new report from Redfin
. Some 63,000 home-purchase agreements fell through in July, or about 16.1% of the homes that went under contract in the month, marking the highest percentage on
record with the exception of March and April of 2020, when the coronavirus pandemic was disrupting the market. "The housing market is slowing as higher mortgage rates sideline many prospective homebuyers. With competition declining, the house hunters who are still in the market are enjoying newfound bargaining power--a stark contrast from last year, when they often had to pull out every stop in order to win," said Redfin. Buyers are asking for repairs, concessions and contingencies and are backing out and moving on when sellers say no. The highest rate of cancellations were in Jacksonville, Fla. and Las Vegas, Nevada. Some 800 home-purchase agreements were pulled in Jacksonville in July, equal to 29.3% of homes under contract that month. In Las Vegas, 27.4% of home-purchase agreements were pulled. Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.Weiter zum vollständigen Artikel bei "Market Watch"