This marks the end of a brief respite for buyers in this years-old seller's market. If supply growth continues falling at the rate it has been since April, by September the number of homes for sale will be down from a year earlier by more than 4 percent.
The report is based on data on the number of homes for sale as of
However, the national numbers mask a huge amount of regional variation under the surface. As of late June, 32 of the 46 largest U.S. metro areas had fewer homes for sale compared to a year earlier. In fact, in some of the country's most affordable housing markets, the inventory crunch never subsided. For example,
Most of the big gains in the national count of homes for sale over the past year have been driven by expensive metro areas with median prices well above the national median.
With mortgage interest rates having dropped back to below 4 percent, demand is picking back up, which is likely to lead to renewed inventory shortages later this year, even in the more expensive markets.
"Lower interest rates are bringing buyers back, but without enough homes for sale to meet demand, we expect to see more bidding wars, which will push prices up this summer," said Redfin chief economist
To read the full report, complete with charts and a table with market-by-market data, please visit: https://www.redfin.com/blog/the-inventory-crunch-is-back/.
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