By the Numbers
Despite solid demand, a dearth of homes for sale kept transaction numbers muted in the association’s most recent report on pending sales.
A shortage of existing inventory continues to drive buyers to new construction.
Multiple-offer situations have returned with the spring buying season while distressed and forced sales are “virtually nonexistent,” the National Association of REALTORS® said.
Single-family permits also posted a gain, indicating even more new homes are headed to today’s supply-constrained housing market.
Homebuilder optimism was buoyed by continued shortages of new housing inventory, the National Association of Home Builders reported.
Interest rates on mortgages of all types declined last week, spurring an uptick in borrowing, the Mortgage Bankers Association reported.
High demand drove multiple offers on about a third of pending sales, while 28% of homes sold above list price, the National Association of REALTORS® reported.
U.S. government data shows builders increased the pace of single-family home construction while slowing the pace of multifamily starts.
The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index rose for the fourth month in a row in April as the construction industry remained “cautiously optimistic.”
This was the fourth week in a row of declines, leaving prospective buyers hopeful for sustained low rates throughout spring homebuying season.
The National Association of REALTORS® Pending Home Sales Index rose for the third month in a row, suggesting the housing market’s contraction could be “coming to an end.”
In Boston, home prices rose 4.2% year over year and slid 0.3% month over month.
The supply of new homes for sale ticked lower from February, according to government figures.
The annual rate of 4.58 million sales was up 14.5% from January but down 22.6% from the February 2022 rate of 5.92 million.
A shortage of existing-home inventory is driving more people to the market for newly built homes.
Homebuilders expressed “cautious optimism” that the lack of existing inventory would drive demand for new homes despite high construction costs and interest rates, the National Association of Home Builders reported.