Rising inflation, soaring home prices, and increased mortgage interest rates have combined to cause a slowdown in the U.S. housing market. To help quell inflation, which reached 8.6% as of last measure in May, the Federal Reserve raised interest rates by three quarters of a percentage point in June, the largest interest rate hike since 1994. Higher prices, coupled with 30-year fixed mortgage rates approaching 6%, have exacerbated affordability challenges and rapidly cooled demand, with home sales and mortgage applications falling sharply from a year ago.
New Listings decreased 11.8 percent for single-family homes and 20.4 percent for townhouse-condo properties. Pending Sales decreased 19.6 percent for single-family homes and 9.0 percent for townhouse-condo properties. Inventory decreased 22.3 percent for single-family homes and 38.5 percent for townhouse-condo properties.
The Median Sales Price was up 19.5 percent to $460,000 for single-family homes and 23.3 percent to $357,555 for townhouse-condo properties. Days on Market decreased 47.8 percent for single-family homes and 41.4 percent for townhouse-condo properties. Months Supply of Inventory decreased 12.5 percent for single-family homes and 33.3 percent for townhouse-condo properties.
With monthly mortgage payments up more than 50% compared to this time last year, the rising costs of homeownership have sidelined many prospective buyers. Nationally, the median sales price of existing homes recently exceeded $400,000 for the first time ever, a 15% increase from the same period a year ago, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. As existing home sales continue to soften nationwide, housing supply is slowly improving, with inventory up for the second straight month. In time, price growth is expected to moderate as supply grows; for now, however, inventory remains low, and buyers are feeling the squeeze of higher prices all around.
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