Homebuyer Demand Remains Strong in September
DENVER (Oct. 17, 2016) – Though posting a typical seasonal dropoff from August, September’s U.S. home sales represented the most of any September in the 9-year history of the RE/MAX National Housing Report. Home sales dropped 11.7% from August to September – nearly the same as the 11.0% average decline over the previous eight years of the Report. But sales increased 2.0% over September 2015 which had previously been the best September.
The September Median Sales Price of $219,780 was 5.1% above a year ago. And in a rare occurrence, not a single metro posted a year-over-year price drop. The largest price gains were reported in Birmingham, AL (17.0%) and Miami (15.2%). The average Months Supply of Inventory rose from 3.4 in August to 3.9, the highest since February. But it is still far below the 6 months supply considered to be a market balanced equally between buyers and sellers. Eight markets, predominantly in the Northeast, have a 6 or more month supply. Meanwhile, 19 have 3 months or less, with the majority being in the West.
“The market usually sees fewer home sales in September, as buyers make a seasonal transition from summer to fall,” said Dave Liniger, RE/MAX CEO, Chairman of the Board and Co-Founder. “Even so, sales were the highest of any September since we launched our Housing Report in 2008. Also, price increases continue to be in the moderate 5-percent year-over-year range. Overall, this is a market that most everyone can be satisfied with.”
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