Typical for this time of year, September home sales declined 9.7% from August across the report’s 53 metro areas. That led to inventory climbing to two months’ supply for the first time in nearly two years – an encouraging sign of a more balanced market to come.
September’s Median Sales Price of $400,000 was 6.1% lower than the year-high of $426,100 in June. The Median Sales Price dropped 1.2% below August’s but was 6.7% above September 2021. The average Close-to-List Price Ratio in September was 99%, meaning that homes sold for 1% less than the asking price for the second consecutive month after being at 100% or above through the first seven months of 2022.
Despite inventory growing 3.9% over August and 30.4% year-over-year, New Listings were down 7.6% month to month and down 11.4% compared to September 2021.
“After a sustained period of quick sales that kept the housing cupboard relatively bare, a supply of two months presents a lot more options for homebuyers,” said Nick Bailey, RE/MAX President and CEO. “For a long time, six months of inventory was the standard for a balanced market that favored buyers and sellers evenly. Now, with the evolution of technology and various changes in homebuying patterns, the new standard is becoming four months. We’re halfway to that level, and the market is making steady progress toward balance. Home sales are still happening, and having the right real estate professional by your side is critical for consumers looking to take advantage of the market conditions.”
Added Tim Morgan of RE/MAX Insight in Manchester, NH, “We’ve seen a changing market this fall. While the demand for quality housing is still high, some potential buyers have pumped the brakes on their home search due to recent interest rate hikes. We are seeing an increase in inventory which has created a great opportunity for those who need to sell their home in order to buy. Houses are still selling quickly, but we are just not seeing as much of the 5%+ overbidding as we were this past spring.”
Other notable metrics include:
• September’s two months’ supply of inventory jumped from 1.6 months in August and 1.3 months a year ago. The National Association of REALTORS® last reported months’ supply of inventory above two in November of 2020, when it was 2.3.
• The number of homes for sale has grown in five of the past six months.
• Year-over-year, September home sales were down 23.5%.
• Days on Market averaged 34, five days higher than July and six days more than September 2021.
Highlights and local market metrics for September include:
Of the 53 metro areas surveyed in September 2022, the number of newly listed homes was down 7.6% compared to August 2022, and down 11.4% compared to September 2021. The markets with the biggest decrease in year-over-year new listings percentage were Dover, DE at -31.1%, Hartford, CT at -28.9%, and Bozeman, MT at -24.5%. Leading the year-over-year new listings percentage increase were New Orleans, LA at +95.2%, Trenton, NJ at +29.4%, and Washington, DC at +15.0%.
Of the 53 metro areas surveyed in September 2022, the overall number of home sales was down 9.7% compared to August 2022, and down 23.5% compared to September 2021. The markets with the biggest decrease in year-over-year sales percentage were Las Vegas, NV at -39.4%, Bozeman, MT at -38.4%, and Salt Lake City, UT at -36.5%. Only one metro area had a year-over-year sales percentage increase: New Orleans, LA at +10.4%.
Median Sales Price – Median of 53 metro area prices
In September 2022, the median of all 53 metro area sales prices was $400,000, down 1.2% compared to August 2022, and up 6.7% from September 2021. One metro area saw a year-over-year decrease in median sales price: New Orleans, LA at -1.4%. Twenty-three metro areas increased year-over-year by double-digit percentages, led by Bozeman, MT at +22.9%, Burlington, VT at +18.3%, and Miami, FL at +17.6%.
Close-to-List Price Ratio – Average of 53 metro area prices
In September 2022, the average close-to-list price ratio of all 53 metro areas in the report was 99%, flat compared to August 2022, and down from 101% in September 2021. The close-to-list price ratio is calculated by the average value of the sales price divided by the list price for each transaction. When the number is above 100%, the sale closed for more than the list price. If it’s less than 100%, the home sold for less than the list price. The metro areas with the lowest close-to-list price ratio were Miami, FL at 95%, followed by a five-way tie between Bozeman, MT, New Orleans, LA, Coeur d’Alene, ID, Phoenix, AZ, and Las Vegas, NV at 97%. The highest close-to-list price ratios were in Burlington, VT at 104%, Hartford, CT at 102%, followed by a six-way tie between Richmond, VA, Manchester, NH, San Francisco, CA, St Louis, MO, Trenton, NJ, and Boston, MA at 101%.
Days on Market – Average of 53 metro areas
The average days on market for homes sold in September 2022 was 34, up five days from the average in August 2022, and up six days from the average in September 2021. Days on market is the number of days between when a home is first listed in an MLS and a sales contract is signed. The metro areas with the lowest days on market were Dover, DE at 11, Baltimore, MD at 13, followed by a three-way tie between Manchester, NH, Philadelphia, PA and Washington, DC at 16. The highest days on market averages were in Fayetteville, AR at 65, New York, NY at 58, and Seattle, WA at 53.
Months’ Supply of Inventory – Average of 53 metro areas
The number of homes for sale in September 2022 was up 3.9% from August 2022 and up 30.4% from September 2021. Based on the rate of home sales in September 2022, the months’ supply of inventory increased to 2.0 compared to 1.6 in August 2022, and increased compared to 1.3 in September 2021. In September 2022, the markets with the lowest months’ supply of inventory were Albuquerque, NM at 0.9, followed by a five-way tie between Charlotte, NC, Dover, DE, Hartford, CT, Manchester, NH, and Trenton, NJ at 1.0.