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Market Report - May 2023

 

Market Report - May 2023



Existing-home sales slid for the second consecutive month, falling 3.4% nationwide as of last measure, according to the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), as higher interest rates continue to impact buyer affordability. Sales are down 23% compared to the same period a year ago, while contract signings dropped 20.3% year-over-year. With sales cooling, buyers in some parts of the country have found relief in the form of declining sales prices, which are down 1.7% year-over-year nationally, although more affordable markets continue to see price gains.

New Listings were down 21.9 percent to 599. Pending Sales decreased 11.4 percent to 542. Inventory grew 16.0 percent to 886 units.

Prices moved lower as Median Sales Price was down 1.5 percent to $489,440. Days on Market increased 54.3 percent to 142 days. Months Supply of Inventory was up 42.9 percent to 2.0 months.

While fluctuating interest rates have pushed some buyers to the sidelines, a shortage of inventory is also to blame for lower-than-average home sales this time of year, as current homeowners, many of whom locked in mortgage rates several percentage points below today’s current rates, are delaying the decision to sell until market conditions improve. With only 2.9 months’ supply heading into May, available homes are moving fast, with the typical home spending just over three weeks on the market, according to NAR.

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