Typical U.S. Home Sold Less Than List Price in June


First Time Since Early 2020, The Start Of The Pandemic

National property broker Redfin is reporting that the typical U.S. home that sold during the four weeks ending June 23, 2024, sold for 0.3% less than its asking price.

This marks the first time the typical home has sold under list price this time of year since the onset of the pandemic in 2020, when the housing market nearly ground to a halt. The typical home sold for exactly its list price one year ago, and roughly 2% above its list price two years ago.

Additionally, just under two-thirds (32.3%) of U.S. homes sold over asking price during that period. That’s the lowest share of any June since 2020, and down from 36% a year earlier. Nearly 7% of home sellers dropped their asking price, on average, the highest level since November 2022 and up from 4.7% a year ago.

The likelihood of homes selling below asking price is rising because there’s more supply than demand, at least for certain types of homes in certain parts of the country. New listings are up 8.2% year over year nationwide, while pending home sales are down 4.3%, the biggest decline in four months. Most inventory is growing stale; over 60% of homes are listed for at least a month without going under contract.

Buyers are shying away due to sky-high housing costs

The median home-sale price is up 4.9% year over year to an all-time high of $397,250. While mortgage rates have come down from May’s six-month high, the weekly average is still near 7%. The typical homebuyer’s monthly payment is $2,785, just about $50 below the record high.

Record-breaking heat is another reason some buyers have taken a backseat recently

“I’ve heard some clients say, ‘it’s so hot outside I don’t want to see anything,'” said Joe Hunt, a Redfin manager in Phoenix. “But if mortgage rates were lower, I doubt heat would be keeping buyers away.”

Buyers may get a slight respite soon on costs soon

The growing likelihood that homes sell below asking price, along with the high share of sellers dropping their prices, could mean sale-price growth loses momentum. Plus, mortgage rates may decrease further if inflation continues to cool.

Both buyers and sellers should be realistic about prices in today’s market

Sellers shouldn’t overprice, and buyers should know they may be able to negotiate– but only if a home has been on the market without much activity for at least a few weeks.

“Some buyers think they can get a deal because they’re hearing the market is cool, and some sellers think every home will sell for top dollar no matter the condition,” said Marije Kruythoff, a Los Angeles Redfin Premier agent. “In reality, everything depends on the house and the location. The hottest properties in this area are either move-in ready or complete fixer-uppers. The homes in between, those that are pretty nice but not updated, are sitting on the market longest.”