Median Home Price Tops $300,000
as Speed of Sales Shrinks Inventory
March home sales jumped by one-third over February’s total as demand from hordes of eager homebuyers pushed the Median Sales Price above $300,000 for the first time in the 13-year history of the report. Meanwhile, the pace of sales accelerated – to the fastest rate on record for the month of March – dropping an already strained housing inventory to nearly half of what it was a year ago.
Although year-over-year comparisons are skewed by the start of pandemic restrictions in mid-March 2020, housing activity in the report’s 53 markets nationwide last month hit several notable milestones and barely missed another, including:
• The Median Sales Price of $303,000 rose 4.5% above the previous report record of $290,050 in February – and was 14.3% higher year over year.
• Inventory dropped to a new report low for the ninth consecutive month and was 45.2% lower year over year.
• Average Months Supply of Inventory set a report record of 1.1, eclipsing the previous low of 1.7 months in February. The figure for March 2020 was 3.2 months of available supply.
• The average Days on Market of 38 was 16 days less than March 2020 and just two days more than the report record of 36 set last November. March was only the fifth month in report history with average Days on Market under 40. All five times have occurred in the past seven months.
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