How Many People Are Buying Homes Cash Right Now?

I guess a lot according to The WSJ.  Falling home prices are spurring an increase in all-cash home sales in markets that have been hardest hit by the foreclosure crisis, an indication that bargain hunters have descended on the markets looking for deals.  Homes financed with cash comprised one-third of sales in Phoenix last month, up from 19% one year ago, according to a report by Raymond James & Associates Inc. In Sacramento, Calif., all-cash sales accounted for 24% of total home sales last month, up from 8% in January 2008 and 3% in January 2007, according to the Sacramento Association of Realtors. Sacramento and Phoenix have each seen home prices fall by one-third in the past year.  Cash sales are up even more in many Florida markets. In Miami, cash offers accounted for 30% of sales last month, according to a report by Thomas Lawler, a housing economist based in Leesburg, Va. That share more than doubled in Gulf Coast communities such as Punta Gorda and Englewood, Fla., where cash financing accounted for 65% and 60% of sales, respectively.”

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123552303469165085.html?mod=todays_us_money_and_investing