Second Home Market: South Lake Tahoe in April

Two months ago, from Jann Swanson at MortgageNewsDaily: Fannie Warns Lenders on Investment Properties and 2nd Homes. This action will result in higher interest rates on 2nd home and investment property mortgages.

I’m looking at data for some second home markets – and will track those markets to see if there is an impact from the lending changes.

This graph is for South Lake Tahoe since 2004 through April 2021, and shows inventory (blue), and the year-over-year change in the median price (12 month average).

Note: The median price is distorted by the mix, but this is the available data.

South Lake Tahoe Click on graph for larger image.

Following the housing bubble, prices declined for several years in South Lake Tahoe, with the median price falling about 50% from the bubble peak.

Note that inventory was high while prices were declining – and significantly lower inventory in 2012 suggested the bust was over.  (Tracking inventory helped me call the bottom for housing way back in February 2012, see:The Housing Bottom is Here)

Currently inventory is just above the record low set last month, and prices are up sharply.   This will be interesting to watch.