|February 27, 2018|
|Redfin Housing Demand Index Started 2018 With Its Highest January Reading on Record|
The Demand Index is based on thousands of Redfin customers requesting home tours and writing offers. A level of 100 represents the historical average for the three-year period from
"Inventory has been deteriorating for more than two years, yet 2018 started off with buyer demand stronger than in any previous January we've measured," said Redfin chief economist
January offers and sales were heavily restrained by a 19.9 percent year-over-year decline in inventory, the largest since at least 2014, when we first began tracking the metric for the 15 markets included in the Demand Index. January marked the 32nd consecutive month of declining supply of homes.
Redfin agents report that the effects of the inventory shortage and strong demand are felt most acutely in affordable price ranges, with homes that do get listed selling within days and above asking price.
With mortgage rates and home prices expected to rise and nearly one in five homes already selling above list price in January, buyers contending for a diminishing supply of homes can expect a competitive season ahead.
To read the full report, including metro-level demand charts, please visit: https://www.redfin.com/blog/2018/02/january-18-demand-index.html
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