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3rd Look at Local Housing Markets in June
Sample data suggests June existing home sales below the May sales rate
This is the third look at local markets in June. I’m tracking a sample of about 40 local housing markets in the US. Some of the 40 markets are states, and some are metropolitan areas. I’ll update these tables throughout the month as additional data is released.
Closed sales in June were mostly for contracts signed in April and May. Since 30-year fixed mortgage rates were in the 6.4% range in April and May - compared to the 5% range the previous year - closed sales were down year-over-year in June.
Active Inventory in June
Here is a summary of active listings for these housing markets in June.
Inventory surged in some of these markets last year, but that has changed.
Inventory for these markets were up 28% year-over-year (YoY) in May and are now up 4% YoY.
Notes for all tables:
New additions to table in BOLD.
Northwest (Seattle), Jacksonville Source: Northeast Florida Association of REALTORS®
Totals do not include Atlanta or Denver (included in state totals)
New Listings in June
And here is a table for new listings in June (some areas don’t report new listings). For these areas, new listings were down 23.4% YoY. Potential sellers that are locked into their current homes with low mortgage rates has pushed down new listings.
Last month, new listings in these markets were down 19.0% YoY. The decline in new listing in June - for these areas - was larger than the YoY decline for the last several months.
Closed Sales in June
And a table of June sales.
In June, sales in these markets were down 15.3%. In May, these same markets were down 16.1% YoY Not Seasonally Adjusted (NSA).
This is a smaller YoY decline NSA than in May for these markets. Note that there were the same number of selling days each year in June 2022 and June 2023.
A key factor in the smaller YoY decline was that sales were steadily declining last year due to higher mortgage rates.
This sample data suggests the June existing home sales report will show another significant YoY decline - and probably below the May sales rate of 4.3 million (SAAR) - and the 22nd consecutive month with a YoY decline in sales.
Note: the NAR is scheduled to release June existing home sales next Thursday, July 20th, and the consensus expectation is for the NAR to report sales of 4.23 million on a Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR) basis, down from 4.30 million in May.
Many more local markets to come!
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