RISMedia's Real Estate Magazine

SEP 2018

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RISMedia's REAL ESTATE September 2018 59 The easing, however, is not at the entry level, but at the high-priced tier. In July, the inventory of listings priced $350,000-plus was up 5.7 percent, but inverted in the lower segment—dropping 15.6 percent at $200,000 and under. Inventory in the $200,000-$350,000 range slipped .6 percent. Moreover, inventory is down 4 per- cent year-over-year, which is half the average 8 percent observed in the past year, and inventory in 16 of the largest markets has risen year-over- year. "July inventory growth [was] in high-priced, competitive markets, and often at the pricier end of these markets," says Danielle Hale, chief economist for realtor.com®. "It's not just California markets that have seen an increase in inventory; markets on both coasts and in the South reported inventory increases in July. "Although signs of an inventory turnaround are encouraging, wheth- er they mean good news for buyers remains to be seen," Hale says. "These areas are seeing more new listings and some construction growth, but high prices and fast- selling homes are causing some buyer hesitation which is reflected in fewer home sales." According to the report, the July median national price was $299,000, a record. RE Suzanne De Vita is RISMedia's online news editor. Email her your real estate news ideas at sdevita@rismedia.com. Inventory: Is the Drought Easing? C onversation surrounding the housing market has been dominated by pricey properties and short supply—but, under the radar, there has been an improvement in inventory, according to realtor.com®'s July 2018 Monthly Housing Trend Report. by Suzanne De Vita

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