Housing Inventory

Existing Home Sales Tumble As NAR Warns Prices Becoming Increasingly Unaffordable

"The affordability constraints holding back renters from buying is a signal to many investors that rental demand will remain solid for the foreseeable future. Investors are still making up an above average share of the market right now despite steadily rising home prices and few distressed properties on the market,

NAR Stumped As Existing Home Sales Slide Continues; Lack Of Household Income Growth Blamed

"It's very concerning to see that inventory conditions not only show no signs of improving but have actually worsened in recent months from their already suppressed levels a year ago," said the NAr's Larry Yun. "While recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau (shows that household incomes rose strongly last year, home prices are still outpacing incomes."

NYC Rent Stabilization - Why "The Rent Is Too Damn High"

"So if you’re the latest sucker moving to NYC looking for a cheap place to live, and you’re wondering why “the rent is too damn high” for your 350 sqft studio? Now you know why; your high rent and high taxes are just paying for the guy’s stabilized 2 bedroom down the hall, that he probably still rents for less than you."

Pending Home Sales Disappoint, Realtors Fear Unhealthy Price Appreciation

Following New Home Sales rebound to their highest since 2008, amid record high prices, Pending Home Sales disappointed with a mere 0.2% MoM rise (versus +1.2% expectations) showing very little bounce off May's tumble. Northeast sales saved the day with a 3.2% surge but The South and West both continued to slide. As NAR's Larry Yun noted however: "home prices are showing little evidence of slowing to a healthier pace that more closely mirrors wage and income growth."

Existing Home Prices Hit Record High As Sales Growth Slowest In 4 Months

Despite a better than expected 1.1% MoM rise in June (thanks to notable downward revisions), existing home sales growth is the slowest since February. Of course, NAR's Larry Yun gloated of "sustained job growth" driving an "impressive streak of sales gains," although he cautions " it's unclear if this current sales pace can further accelerate." Median home prices soared to new record highs driven by soaring demand for condo/co-ops (+3.2% vs just 0.8% for single-family homes).

Existing Home Sales Highest Since Feb 2007 As Prices Hit Record High

On the heels of FHFA reporting a disappointing 0.2% home price appreciation in April (the weakest since Jan 2015), May existing home sales rose, as expected by 1.8% MoM to 5.53mm SAAR - the highest since February 2007. All regions saw median home prices rise MoM (but Northeast -0.1% YoY) but The Midwest stood out with a 6.5% drop in sales. Median home prices jumped to a record $239,700 (up 4.7% YoY) but first time homeowners are disappearing, as NAR's Larry Yun notes a lack of inventory is "pushing prices out of reach for plenty of prospective first-time buyers."

NAR Warns Of Overheating Home Prices As Existing Home Sales See Biggest Annual Jump Since 2013

Despite the biggest annual jump in existing home sales since July 2013, even the NAR's perpetually cheerful Larry Yun is starting to get worried about the bubbly nature of the existing housing market:  "The spring buying season is right around the corner and current supply levels aren't even close to what's needed to accommodate the subsequent growth in housing demand," says Yun. "Home prices ascending near or above double-digit appreciation aren't healthy – especially considering the fact that household income and wages are barely rising." 

Pending Home Sales Jump Most Since September 2012 To Highest Since 2006, Driven By The Northeast

Following the March pending home sales report which saw growth moderate after February's 3.6% surge to 1.1%, the flurry of contract signings, not actual purchases, in April rebounded by 3.4% - the biggest jump since September 2012 - far above the 0.9% consensus estimate and 14% higher than a year ago, pushing the pending home sales index to 112.4, the highest level since 2006. The driver: pending sales in the Northeast, which soared 10.1% from the month before, and 9.4% from a year ago.

40% Of Existing Home Sales At Or Above Asking Price, Highest On NAR Record

The most stunning data point from today's report: "Housing inventory declined from last year and supply in many markets is very tight, which in turn is leading to bidding wars, faster price growth and properties selling at a quicker pace," says Yun. "To put it in perspective, roughly 40 percent of properties sold last month went at or above asking price, the highest since NAR began tracking this monthly data in December 2012."