Cash Sales: 32 Percent of Residential Sales

Approximately 32 percent of REALTOR® respondents reporting on their last sale in December reported a cash sale. Many REALTORS® have reported that cash buyers typically win against those buyers needing to obtain a mortgage. Investors and international buyers typically make a cash purchase. About 11 percent of reported sales made by a first-time buyer were cash sales compared to above 70 percent for investors and international buyers. See the December REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey report for more information.

Jed Smith, Managing Director, Quantitative Research

Jed Smith is Managing Director, Quantitative Research with the National Association of Realtors®. He has worked on real estate issues for the past 20 years, providing input on a variety of housing, commercial real estate, tax, and planning issues. Recently he has been involved in several international studies.

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