Inventory Remains Low, Home Prices Push Higher

Local Market Update – August 2019

As the summer draws to a close, multiple opposing factors and trends are competing to define the direction of the real estate market. After the Federal Reserve lowered its benchmark interest rate on July 31, 30-year mortgage rates continued to decline, approaching all-time lows last seen in 2016. Yet most experts agree these reductions are unlikely to bring sufficient relief in the short term for first-time home buyers. The lack of affordable inventory and the persistence of historically high housing prices continue to affect the housing market, leading to lower-than-expected existing home sales at the national level.

New Listings in the Triangle region increased 2.0 percent to 4,452. Under Contract Sales were up 13.0 percent to 3,879. Inventory levels fell 7.5 percent to 8,542 units.

Prices continued to gain traction. The Median Sales Price increased 3.4 percent to $279,048. Days on Market was up 11.1 percent to 30 days. Sellers were encouraged as Months Supply of Inventory was down 10.7 percent to 2.5 months.

As many homeowners refinanced their homes to take advantage of declining interest rates, consumer confidence in housing was reported to be at historically high levels. Even so, real estate professionals will need to monitor the market for signs of continued imbalances. Although the inventory of affordable homes at this point remains largely stable, it is stable at historically low levels, which may continue to push prices higher and affect potential buyers across the U.S.

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*All data from Triangle Multiple Listing Service, Inc. ©2019