U.S. existing-home sales rose from a 13-year low, climbing 0.8% from the previous month and breaking a five-month streak in which sales declined, according to the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). Despite the increase, sales were down 7.3% compared to the same period last year, as affordability challenges continue to hinder prospective buyers. Most of this period’s closed sales went under contract in October, when mortgage rates were at a two-decade high. With rates having dropped more than a full percentage point since then, existing-home sales may continue to pick up in the months ahead.
New Listings in Staten Island decreased 11.2 percent to 199. Pending Sales were up 4.1 percent to 229. Inventory levels fell 30.0 percent to 1,025 units.Prices continued to gain traction. The Median Sales Price increased 13.8 percent to $700,000. Days on Market was down 4.8 percent to 73 days. Sellers were encouraged as Months Supply of Inventory was down 21.1 percent to 3.4 months.
Low levels of inventory continue to impact U.S. home sales, offering few options for aspiring buyers to choose from. Going into December there were 1.13 million units for sale, down 1.7% from the previous month but up 0.9% from the same period last year, for a 3.5 months’ supply at the current sales pace. As a result, sales prices remain high nationwide, with NAR reporting the median existing-home price rose 4% annually to $387,600 as of last measure, the fifth consecutive month of year-over-year price gains. Homebuyer demand is picking up, and without a significant increase in supply, experts believe home prices will likely remain elevated for some time to come.
|One-Year Change in Closed Sales
|One-Year Change in Median Sales Price
|One-Year Change in Inventory
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