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Market Report - September 2023

 

Market Report - September 2023



National sales of existing homes recently fell to a 7-month low, as surging borrowing costs, rising sales prices, and limited inventory continue to keep many would-be buyers out of the market. Borrowers have become increasingly sensitive to fluctuations in mortgage rates, which have remained above 7% since mid-August. With fewer buyers able to afford the costs of homeownership, existing-home sales declined 0.7% month-over-month and were down 15.3% year-over-year, according to the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR).

New Listings were up 1.8 percent to 505. Pending Sales decreased 1.0 percent to 403. Inventory grew 19.5 percent to 1,179 units.

Prices moved higher as Median Sales Price was up 16.1 percent to $517,500. Days on Market increased 16.0 percent to 145 days. Months Supply of Inventory was up 36.8 percent to 2.6 months.

Prices have continued to increase this fall despite softening home sales nationwide, as a lack of inventory has kept the market competitive for prospective buyers, sparking bidding wars and causing homes to sell for above asking price in some areas. Heading into September there were only 1.1 million units available for sale, 0.9% fewer than a month ago and 14.1% fewer than the same period last year, according to NAR. As a result, the U.S. median existing-home sales price rose 3.9% year-over-year to $407,100, marking the third consecutive month that the median sales price topped $400,000.

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