And more good news … sort of
For months now, homebuyers have been in a Hunger Games–like battle to find a new house, as a paucity of listings has resulted in almost instantaneous offers for sellers. But the tide might finally be starting to turn.
A report from Redfin finds that the number of homes newly listed for sale has surpassed 2019 levels for the first time since the start of the year. Many of those sellers, though, might be in for a rude awakening if they’re hoping to benefit from the instant sales of earlier this year as buyer demand continues to slip.
Pending sales posted their smallest year-over-year increase in almost a year, according to Redfin. And requests for home tours were lower.
Mortgage rates are still low, but buyer frustration has set in. Only 32% of consumers believe it’s a good time to buy a home, according to Fannie Mae’s Home Purchase Sentiment Index for June. A growing number of properties for sale, though, could spur people off the fence.
New listings for homes were up 4% for the week of July 4 compared to the same period last year. There’s still a gap to cover, though, as active listings are still down 32% from 2020. And even though there are more listings, you still won’t be able to linger too long on making a decision. Most houses are on the market an average of just 15 days right now, compared with 39 a year ago.
This story was originally featured on Fortune.com
The Reuters piece here and the BusinessWeek piece here look like they contradict each other regarding the latest S&P/Case-Shiller report on housing. But they appear to say the same thing in different ways: The housing crunch seems to be easing nationwide.
The confusion comes from whether they look at seasonally or non-seasonally adjusted numbers.
The bottom line: There are signs of improvements.
Your thoughts? Are we reading this wrong?