September Home Sales Slow Amid Strong Prices, Low Inventory

October 16, 2017

DENVER – September became the fifth month this year to post a decline in home sales compared to a record-setting 2016, while marking the 71st consecutive month of rising sale prices year-over-year, according to the October RE/MAX National Housing Report.Joining August, July, April and February, September home sales dropped 4.2% year-over-year in the report’s monthly analysis of housing data in 54 metro areas. Going in the opposite direction, the Median Sales Price increased to $225,000. Though the lowest price since March, it was 2.3% higher than September 2016. The last month when home prices did not increase year-over-year was October 2011.

Three-quarters of the way through 2017, other notable numbers from the RE/MAX National Housing Report include:

  • In the wake of Hurricane Irma in early September, Miami saw home sales drop 35.2% year-over-year. Houston, meanwhile, posted a 3.2% gain despite the impact of Hurricane Harvey in late August.
  • Days on Market declined by one week, from 56 in September 2016 to 49.
  • At 3.6, the Months Supply of Inventory was the lowest of any September in the report’s 9-year history. Twenty-three markets are at 3 months or less.
  • Mirroring this, inventory dropped 14.1% year-over-year, with 46 metro areas seeing fewer homes for sale. Year-over-year, inventory has declined every month since November 2008.

“We’re not seeing any relief from the nationwide housing shortage as we enter the typically slower fall and winter selling seasons,” said Adam Contos, RE/MAX Co-CEO. “Plain and simple, we need more homes, particularly at the entry-level price point. Until then, it will most likely continue to be a seller’s market with homes going from listed to sold quickly.”

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