Real Estate Stats Across the United States: Anemic Inventory the Theme

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This week's focus will be on the national numbers for real estate sales in the United States.

June 2018 Real Estate Stats by National Association of Realtors

In a press release on Tuesday, the National Association of Realtors reported that homes on the market are in short supply and it's having an effect on the quantity of sales and also pushing prices to new highs.

WASHINGTON (July 23, 2018) — Existing-home sales decreased for the third straight month in June, as declines in the South and West exceeded sales gains in the Northeast and Midwest, according to the National Association of Realtors®. The ongoing supply and demand imbalance helped push June’s median sales price to a new all-time high.

Lawrence Yun - Chief Economist National Association of Realtors

Here is what the National Association of Realtors Chief Economist had to say:

The root cause is without a doubt the severe housing shortage that is not
releasing its grip on the nation’s housing market. What is for sale
in most areas is going under contract very fast and in many cases, has multiple offers. This dynamic is keeping home price growth elevated, pricing out would-be buyers and ultimately slowing sales.”

“It’s important to note that despite the modest year-over-year
rise in inventory, the current level is far from what’s needed
to satisfy demand levels,” added Yun. “Furthermore,
it remains to be seen if this modest increase will stick,
given the fact that the robust economy is bringing more
interested buyers into the market, and new home
construction is failing to keep up.”

Lawrence Yun - National Association of Realtors
July 23, 2018 Press Release

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What's Happening in the Northeast

June existing-home sales in the Northeast jumped 5.9 percent to an annual rate of 720,000, but are still 4.0 percent below a year ago. The median price in the Northeast was $305,900, which is up 3.3 percent from June 2017.

First Time Buyers Were a 3rd of the Market

First-time buyers were 31 percent of sales in June, which is unchanged from last month and down from 32 percent year ago. NAR’s 2017 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers – released in late 2017 – revealed that the annual share of first-time buyers was 34 percent.

Show me the Money

All-cash sales were 22 percent of transactions in June, up from 21 percent in May and 18 percent a year ago. Individual investors, who account for many cash sales, purchased 13 percent of homes in June, down from 15 percent in May and unchanged from a year ago.

Is Now the Time to Sell?

If you have a home that you believe is sub-par for the market, now would be the time to unload the property. With the supply as low as it is, you will be able to sell the property despite the condition. If your horizon to sell was a couple of years out, you may consider moving that up. I am not a fortune teller, but we do have cycles in the economy, why not go out on top.

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Jim Crawford
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Thank you for sharing this.  It's most informative for buyers and sellers!

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