Homes For Sale Still Trailing Year Ago Levels
In a lot of ways, current housing market data looks almost unaffected by the coronavirus pandemic. Home sales have rebounded and are ahead of last year's pace. Mortgage rates remain low, hovering just above, or at, all time lows. Buyer demand is up, competition is rising, and prices continue to climb. In short, from the numbers, the housing market is outpacing last year and in-line with forecasts from the beginning of the year. However, there is one housing stat that, more than the others, shows the coronavirus' impact on the market. The number of homes available for sale is now, according to one analysis, 26.3 percent below where it was last year at the same time. Similarly, new for-sale listings are down 12.2 percent. In other words, low inventory – which was already the market's main challenge – has been made worse by the pandemic. Homeowners aren't putting their homes on the market and the imbalance could begin to dampen buyer demand and threaten affordability levels. Fortunately, since conditions are favorable for sellers right now, there's reason to be optimistic that listings will increase and help bring better balance to the market.