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Realtor.com Reports Weekly Inventory down only 6% Year-over-year

by Calculated Risk on 4/29/2022 11:46:00 AM

Today, in the Calculated Risk Real Estate Newsletter: Realtor.com Reports Weekly Inventory down only 6% Year-over-year

Excerpt:

Realtor.com

has monthly and weekly data on the existing homes. Here is their most recent weekly report released yesterday:

Weekly Housing Trends View — Data Week Ending April 23, 2022

. They have data on list prices, new listing and more, but this focus is on inventory.
o Active inventory is down just 6 percent from a year ago.

The number of homes for sale is past this year’s seasonal low, which was also a record low, which means the number of homes for sale is climbing week to week and month to month as it typically does in spring. While the market has not yet caught up to last year’s level, this week marked a big jump forward. The gap between this year’s homes for sale and last year’s is one-fifth the size that it was at the beginning of the year. The catch up is likely to continue, as we noted last week, as new listings grow and home sales slow, and we expect active inventory to surpass year ago levels in the next few months. This growth will mean more options for shoppers than they’ve had in a while, even though inventory continues to lag pre-pandemic normal.

Here is a graph of the year-over-year change in inventory according to

realtor.com

. Note: I corrected a sign error in the data for Feb 26, 2022.

The previous week, inventory was down 12.6% YoY according to Realtor.com. That is close to the 11.2% that Altos reported. I expect Altos to report a single digit year-over-year decline in inventory on Monday.

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