By the Numbers

NAR: Limited supply keeps pending-home sales flat in April 

Despite solid demand, a dearth of homes for sale kept transaction numbers muted in the association’s most recent report on pending sales. 

New-home sales rise for fifth month in a row 

A shortage of existing inventory continues to drive buyers to new construction. 

NAR: Existing-home sales and days on market slide in April 

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 starts rise in April 

Single-family permits also posted a gain, indicating even more new homes are headed to today’s supply-constrained housing market. 

Builder confidence rebounds in May on tight existing inventory 

Homebuilder optimism was buoyed by continued shortages of new housing inventory, the National Association of Home Builders reported. 

MBA: Mortgage applications rise on lower rates 

Interest rates on mortgages of all types declined last week, spurring an uptick in borrowing, the Mortgage Bankers Association reported. 

NAR: Low inventory drives pending-home sales lower in March  

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. 

March brings rise in single-family construction 

U.S. government data shows builders increased the pace of single-family home construction while slowing the pace of multifamily starts. 

NAHB: Builder confidence rose again in April 

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.”     

Mortgage rates decline for fourth consecutive week

This was the fourth week in a row of declines, leaving prospective buyers hopeful for sustained low rates throughout spring homebuying season.

Optimism for spring selling season grows with third monthly rise in pending sales 

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.” 

Pace of annual home-price gains slows again in latest Case-Shiller; Boston sees 4.2% increase

In Boston, home prices rose 4.2% year over year and slid 0.3% month over month.

New-home sales rise 1.1% in February as median-sales price surges 

The supply of new homes for sale ticked lower from February, according to government figures.

NAR: Existing-home sales jump in February, ending a year of declines 

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. 

Housing starts post major gains in February 

A shortage of existing-home inventory is driving more people to the market for newly built homes. 

Builder confidence rises again in March 

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.    

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