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05/19/2022

Existing-home sales decline in April

The median existing-home price for all housing types has increased for 122 consecutive months.
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existing-home sales April 2022
A snapshot of April's existing-home sales metrics from the National Association of Realtors.

The National Association of Realtors reports that existing-home sales fell for a third straight month.

Existing-home sales decreased 2.4% from March to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.61 million in April. Year-over-year, sales dropped 5.9% compared to 5.96 million in April 2021. Sales include completed transactions of single-family homes, townhomes, condos, and co-ops.

Single-family home sales decreased to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.99 million in April, down 2.5% from 5.12 million in March and down 4.8% from one year ago. The median existing single-family home price was $397,600 in April, up 14.8% from April 2021.

“Higher home prices and sharply higher mortgage rates have reduced buyer activity,” said Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist. “It looks like more declines are imminent in the upcoming months, and we’ll likely return to the pre-pandemic home sales activity after the remarkable surge over the past two years.”

The median existing-home price for all housing types in April was $391,200, up 14.8% from April 2021 and a median cost of $340,700. This marks 122 consecutive months of year-over-year increases, the longest-running streak on record.

Existing condominium and co-op sales were recorded at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 620,000 units in April, down 1.6% from March and down 13.9% from one year ago. The median existing condo price was $340,000 in April, an annual increase of 13.1%.

Total housing inventoryat the end of April amounted to 1,030,000 units, up 10.8% from March and down 10.4% from one year ago and 1.15 million units. Unsold inventory sits at a 2.2-month supply at the current sales pace, up from 1.9 months in March and down from2.3 months in April 2021.

“Housing supply has started to improve, albeit at an extremely sluggish pace,” said Yun.

But Yun also notes that while sales are coming down, listed homes are still selling swiftly with prices remaining much higher than a year ago.

Properties typically remained on the market for 17 days in April, equal to both the number of days in March 2022 and in April 2021. About 88% of homes sold in April 2022 were on the market for less than a month, the NAR said.

Here’s how existing-home sales breakdown by region:

  • Existing-home sales in the Northeast rose 1.5% in April, reaching an annual rate of 670,000, a 10.7% drop from April 2021. The median price in the Northeast was $412,100, up 8.1% from one year ago.
     
  • Existing-home sales in the Midwest grew 3.1% from the prior month to an annual rate of 1,310,000 in April, a 1.5% slide from April 2021. The median price in the Midwest was $282,000, an 8.7% increase from one year ago.
     
  • Existing-home sales in the South fell 4.6% in April, posting an annual rate of 2,490,000, which represents a decrease of 5.7% from one year ago. The median price in the South was $352,100, a 22.2% climb from one year prior.For the eighth consecutive month, the South recorded the highest pace of price appreciation in comparison to the other three regions, the NAR noted. Additionally, the South is the only region to report year-over-year double-digit price gains.
     
  • Existing-home sales in the West dipped 5.8% compared to the previous month, registering an annual rate of 1,140,000 in April, down 8.1% from one year ago. The median price in the West was $523,000, up 4.3% from April 2021.

 

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