Some housing markets still facing inventory crunch. Supply nationwide in September was at five and a half months; most economists consider a normal level to be six to seven months. The supply of new homes was even lower, at nearly five months, according to realtor.com®’s September National Housing Trend Report.
“To truly relieve the inventory shortage on a sustained basis, new-home construction needs to rise by at least 50 percent from the current levels,” says Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of REALTORS®.
The following markets have posted some of the biggest drops in listings year-over-year:
- Las Vegas: -37.9%
- San Jose, Calif.: -36.2%
- Columbus, Ohio: -29%
- Cincinnati: -26.5%
- Houston: -25.2%
- Washington, D.C.: -25%
- San Francisco: -23.4%
- Chicago: -22.8%
Meanwhile, in some markets, home buyers have found more choices in the past year. These markets have seen the biggest growth in inventory levels year-over-year:
- Honolulu: +27.5%
- Orlando, Fla.: +25.8%
- Miami: +22%
- Charleston, W.Va.: +20.1%
Nationwide, the median age of inventory fell slightly year-over-year in September due to the reduced number of homes on the market, according to realtor.com®. Homes spent about 90 days on the market in September, three days less than a year ago.
Also, median listing prices held steady for the fourth consecutive month, maintaining a 7.7 percent gain year-over-year. The median list price in September was $214,900 nationwide.
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Source: Realtor.com September National Housing Trend Report