Realtor.com

1 July 2016

Following the strongest spring in a decade, the residential real estate market has kicked off the summer with the hottest June in just as long, according to new data on inventory and demand on realtor.com®.  Homes for sale in June are moving two percent more quickly than last year as prices continue to hit new record highs.

The median age of properties on realtor.com® in June is expected to be 65 days, which is one day faster than last year and the same as last month. The median home was listed for $252,000, eight percent higher than one year ago and one percent higher than last month.

For-sale housing inventory is increasing on a monthly basis, which is typical at this point in the year, but total inventory remains lower than one year ago. An estimated 525,000 new listings are expected to come into the market once the month is complete, but that number will fall short of quenching existing demand, as current record high and rising prices show.

“The residential real estate market is showing no signs of slowing down as the summer begins,” Jonathan Smoke, chief economist of realtor.com. “Pent-up demand and the lowest mortgage rates we’ve seen in three years are continuing to move inventory at the fastest pace we’ve seen so far this recovery. Prices continue to rise at an above average rate, but the lower mortgage rates are offsetting much of the effect of higher prices.

“While we are seeing a substantial amount of new listings come onto the market, it’s not enough to satisfy demand as we continue to repeat the pattern of the last 22 months of having fewer homes for sale than we had the prior year.”

Key Statistics:

  • Median age of inventory is estimated to end at 65 days, down two percent from last year and remaining same as May.
  • Median listing price for June should reach a record high of $252,000, an eight percent increase year over year and a one percent increase month over month.
  • Listing inventory in June should show a three percent increase over May. However, inventory decreased 5 percent year over year.
  • com’s Hottest Markets receive two to three times the number of views per listing compared to the national average. In terms of supply, these markets are seeing inventory move 20-38 days more quickly than the rest of the U.S. The hottest markets are seeing inventory movement slow down slightly as the median age increased by one day on average from May.

 

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