Thursday, January 23, 2014

This Month in Real Estate - January

Check out what’s happening this month in real estate!

Median home prices dipped slightly from October to November, dropping 0.6% from $197,500 to $196,300 according to NAR. Year-over-year home prices continue to post significant gains with prices up 9.4% from last November. However, November is the first month since the same month of the previous year to have a year-over-year gain of less than 10%.

According to the National Association of Realtors, the seasonally adjusted rate of home sales declined 4.3% from last year to an annual rate of 4.9 million homes. The rate of home sales is down 1.2% from the rate reported in November of last year; however, the decline in the portion of sales made up of distressed properties, from 22% last year to 14% this year, means we likely are still seeing positive year-over-year gains in conventional home sales. As banks begin to implement new lending regulations, credit tightness is likely hampering home sales and may continue to do so in the beginning of the New Year.

The level of total housing inventory in the country dropped in November to 2.09 million homes, down 1.9% from the previous month. Month of supply of inventory, however, ticked up slightly due to the lower pace of sales this month. The number of months of supply represents how many months it would take the current level of inventory to sell given the current sales pace if no other homes were added to the market. Supply in October represented 5.1 months, up 4.1% from the previous month, and up 6.3% from November of the previous year.

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