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Market Report - December 2021

 

Market Report - December 2021


The 2021 housing market was one for the history books. After three consecutive months of increases recently, existing home sales are on pace to hit their highest level in 15 years, with an estimated 6 million homes sold in 2021 according to the National Association of REALTORS®. Sales prices reached new heights, inventory hit rock bottom, and homes sold in record time, often for well above asking price. Mortgage rates, which began the year at historic lows, remain attractive, and homeowners who choose to sell in the coming months can expect to see plenty of buyer activity due to pent-up demand during the pandemic.


New Listings were down 4.4 percent to 392. Pending Sales decreased 18.9 percent to 398, the seventh consecutive month of year-over-year declines. Inventory shrank 50.8 percent to 483 units.


Prices moved higher as Median Sales Price was up 23.1 percent to $465,131. Days on Market decreased 20.8 percent to 99 days. Months Supply of Inventory was down 50.0 percent to 0.8 months, indicating that demand increased relative to supply.


Looking ahead, experts anticipate many of the housing market trends of 2021 will continue in 2022, albeit at a more moderate level. Strong buyer demand and inventory shortages are likely to persist over the next year. Home sales are projected to remain strong but will be tempered by the limited supply of homes, higher sales prices, and rising interest rates, with the Federal Reserve planning multiple rate hikes in the new year. Price growth is expected to slow somewhat as a result, but affordability will likely remain a top constraint for some homebuyers.

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