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May 29, 2018 at 8:00 AM EDT
Redfin Housing Demand Index Posted Slight Decline from March to April Amid Ongoing Inventory Crunch
Uptick in Newly Listed Homes in April a Positive Turn for Homebuyers, May and June Home Sales

SEATTLE, May 29, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- (NASDAQ: RDFN) — The Redfin Housing Demand Index fell 1.3 percent month over month to 106 in April, according to Redfin (, the next-generation real estate brokerage. April marked the third consecutive month of declines this year.

The Demand Index is based on thousands of Redfin customers requesting home tours and writing offers. The Demand Index is adjusted for Redfin's market share growth. A level of 100 represents the historical average for the three-year period from January 2013 to December 2015.

"April was the first time in 27 months that we saw a year-over-year decline in the number of customers touring homes," said Redfin chief economist Nela Richardson. "We believe this was driven by the low levels of new listings in March. However, April's 6.6 percent increase in new listings is a positive turn for homebuyers and bodes well for May and June home sales."

From March to April, the seasonally adjusted number of buyers requesting home tours dropped 1.4 percent, while the number of buyers making offers fell 1.8 percent.

Looking at year-over-year comparisons, the Demand Index declined 11.5 percent from April 2017. The number of buyers requesting home tours dropped 3.7 percent year over year, and the number of buyers making offers fell 22.1 percent.

Across the 15 metros covered by the Demand Index, the number of homes for sale fell 7.3 percent year over year in April, the 35th consecutive month of falling supply. However, newly listed homes for sale increased 6.6 percent in April compared to a year earlier.

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Redfin ( is the next-generation real estate brokerage, combining its own full-service agents with modern technology to redefine real estate in the consumer's favor. Founded by software engineers, Redfin has the country's #1 brokerage website and offers a host of online tools to consumers, including the Redfin Estimate, the automated home-value estimate with the industry's lowest published error rate for listed homes. Homebuyers and sellers enjoy a full-service, technology-powered experience from Redfin real estate agents, while saving thousands in commissions. Redfin serves more than 80 major metro areas across the U.S. The company has closed more than $60 billion in home sales.

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