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Market Report - August 2023

 

Market Report - August 2023



Higher mortgage rates, along with elevated sales prices and a lack of housing inventory, have continued to impact market activity during the summer homebuying season. The average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage has remained above 6.5% since May, recently hitting a two-decade high in August, according to Freddie Mac. As a result, existing-home sales have continued to slow nationwide, dropping 2.2% month-over-month as of last measure, with sales down 16.6% compared to the same time last year, according to the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR).

New Listings were up 17.1 percent to 616. Pending Sales decreased 8.6 percent to 478. Inventory grew 14.3 percent to 1,125 units.

Prices moved higher as Median Sales Price was up 13.3 percent to $510,000. Days on Market increased 31.5 percent to 146 days. Months Supply of Inventory was up 38.9 percent to 2.5 months.

Falling home sales have done little to cool home prices, however, which have continued to sit at record high levels nationally thanks to a limited supply of homes for sale. According to NAR, there were 1.11 million homes for sale heading into August, 14.6% fewer homes than the same period last year, for a 3.3 months’ supply at the current sales pace. The shortage of homes for sale has boosted competition for available properties and is driving sales prices higher, with NAR reporting a national median existing-home price of $406,700, a 1.9% increase from a year earlier.

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