If you are looking for a new home, chances are you’re not finding many homes on the market; if you’re a seller, you have likely noticed the value of your home is rising, no matter what part of the country you live in, according to the April RE/MAX National Housing Report.
“Homebuyers shouldn’t be discouraged by the record-breaking numbers—even with higher prices and closed transactions, this March marks the second-highest in sales in the history of the RE/MAX National Housing Report,” says Adam Contos, CEO of RE/MAX. “It’s more important than ever to work with an experienced RE/MAX agent who is invested and involved in their community. They are dialed into the nuances of a neighborhood, making your home search or sale easier and quicker.”
Of the 54 metro areas surveyed in March 2018, the overall average number of home sales increased +36.6 percent compared to February 2018 and decreased -5.3 percent compared to March 2017. Nine of the 54 metro areas experienced an increase in sales year-over-year, including Milwaukee, Wis., +22 percent, Boise, Idaho, 7.3 percent, Albuquerque, N.M., +6.7 percent, and Anchorage, Alaska, +3.8 percent.
Median Sales Price
In March 2018, the median of all 54 metro median sales prices was $236,000, up +3.2 percent from February 2018 and up +4.9 percent from March 2017. Four metro areas saw a year-over-year decrease in median sales price, including Anchorage, Alaska, -3.4 percent, Billings, Mont., -1.1 percent, Trenton, N.J., -0.5 percent; and Manchester, N.H., -.02 percent. Twelve metro areas increased year-over-year by double-digit percentages, with the largest increases seen in Boise, Idaho, +19.9 percent, San Francisco, Calif., +19.4 percent, and Seattle, Wash., and Las Vegas, Nev., tied at +15.6 percent.
Days on Market
The average days on market for homes sold in March 2018 was 60, down two days from the average in February 2018, and down four days from the March 2017 average. The metro areas with the lowest days on market were San Francisco, Calif., at 20, Seattle, Wash., at 28, Denver, Colo., at 30, and San Diego, Calif., at 31. The highest days on market averages were in Augusta, Maine, at 131, Burlington, Vt., at 115, Chicago, Ill., at 97, and Hartford, Conn., at 96. Days on market is the number of days between when a home is first listed in an MLS and a sales contract is signed.
Months Supply of Inventory
The number of homes for sale in March 2018 was down -0.5 percent from February 2018, and down -14.7 percent from March 2017. Based on the rate of home sales in March, the months supply of inventory decreased to 2.5 from February 2018 at 3.1, as well as decreased compared to March 2017 at 2.7. A 6.0-months supply indicates a market balanced equally between buyers and sellers. In March 2018, all 54 metro areas surveyed reported a months supply less than 6.0, which is typically considered a balanced market. The markets with the lowest months supply of inventory continue to be in the West, with San Francisco, Calif., at 0.7, Denver, Colo., and Seattle, Wash., both at 0.9, and Boise, Idaho, and Omaha, Neb., at 1.1.
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