NVRA Market Reports are sponsored by the North Country Federal Credit Union
The U.S. housing market has continued to cool, as rising mortgage rates and record-high sales prices have stifled affordability, weakening demand and pricing out a multitude of buyers. Nationally, median household income has failed to keep pace with increasing mortgage payments, with the costs of buying a home about 80% more expensive now than they were just three summers ago, according to the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). As more and more prospective buyers find their home purchase plans delayed, many are turning to the rental market, where competition has intensified due to increased demand.
New Listings decreased 32.5 percent for single-family homes and 41.7 percent for townhouse-condo properties. Pending Sales decreased 30.0 percent for single-family homes and 30.1 percent for townhouse-condo properties. Inventory decreased 22.4 percent for single-family homes and 49.3 percent for townhouse-condo properties.
The Median Sales Price was up 9.3 percent to $437,000 for single-family homes and 24.3 percent to $360,500 for townhouse-condo properties. Days on Market decreased 48.0 percent for single-family homes but increased 69.2 percent for townhouse-condo properties. Months Supply of Inventory decreased 11.1 percent for single-family homes and 36.4 percent for townhouse-condo properties.
At a time of year when homebuying activity is typically very strong, soaring homeownership costs have caused home sales to decline nationwide for the fifth consecutive month, with existing-home sales falling 5.4% month-to-month and 14.2% year-over-year as of last measure, according to NAR. But there is a bright spot. Inventory of existing homes has continued to climb this summer, with 1.26 million homes available at the beginning of July, equivalent to a 3 months’ supply. And despite the summer slowdown, homes are still selling quickly, with the typical home staying on market an average of 14 days.
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