US Housing Market is Roaring
Here is more evidence that the defining characteristic of the US housing market is a shortage of inventory for sale: Homes are sitting on the market for the shortest time in 30 years, according to an annual report on home-buyers and sellers published today by the National Association of Realtors.
The typical home spent just three weeks on the market, according to the report, which focused on about 8,000 home-buyers who purchased their home in the year ending in June, the NAR report said.
That was down from 4 weeks in the year ending June 2016 and 11 weeks in Y 2012, when the US housing market was still reeling from the foreclosure crisis. It was the shortest time since the NAR report began including data on how long homes spend on the market, in Y 1987.
Buyers are snapping up homes quickly at a time when for-sale listings are in short supply, forcing them to compete. The number of available properties declined in September, according to NAR’s monthly report on existing home sales, marking the 28th consecutive month of year-on-year decline in inventory.
In addition to moving fast, buyers also had to pay up to close the deal, as 42% of buyers paid at least the listing price, the highest share since the NAR survey started keeping track in Y 2007.
“With the lower end of the market seeing the worst of the supply crunch, house hunters faced mounting odds in finding their first home,” said NAR’s chief economist, in a statement. “Multiple offers were a common occurrence, investors paying in cash had the upper hand, and prices kept climbing, which yanked home-ownership out of reach for countless would-be buyers.”