According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR) housing inventory is starting to improve. Industry leaders predict that home prices will begin to level off as the inventory starts to increase.
As of July 2021 on a year-over-year basis sales were up by 1.5% over this time last year. Existing home sales including single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops also increased. Total existing-home sales jumped 2.0% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.99 million.
July also reported the current sales rates of unsold inventory sits at a 2.6 month supply. This is up from June 2021 but is still behind from this time last year. New construction will benefit from the low level of existing homes on the market.
Homes were on the market an average of 17 days in July which is an all-time low. This time last year homes stayed on the market for an average of 22 days. This summer homes 89% of homes that were sold stayed on the market for under a month.
Low inventory is still pushing home prices up. July reported a 17.8% increase in the median sales price of existing homes to $359,900. This is the 113th consecutive month of year-over-year increase according to the NAR. Multifamily existing homes were up 14.1% from a year ago to a median price of $307,100.
If you are in the market for a home, contact a local Realtor. Working with a local sales professional will help you save money and time. Realtors know the community the best.