Low Inventory Adding to Home Prices and Decreasing Days Listed: Redfin
By: Esther Cho
As homeowners hold back from selling, home prices are benefiting, according to a report from Redfin, which tracked home prices in 19 U.S. markets.
While prices remained flat month-over-month (-0.1 percent) from June to July, Redfin found prices rose 3.2 percent from July 2011 to July 2012.
However, the number of homes for sale fell 28.1 percent during the same one-year period and also declined 5 percent from June.
According to Redfin, the biggest challenge the housing market is facing is selection, and the problem will persist until the end of the year.
Among 19 markets measured by Redfin, 16 saw yearly price gains, with Phoenix seeing the biggest gain at 28.7 percent.
San Jose and Denver also had noteworthy gains at 11.9 percent and 8.5 percent, respectively. On the other hand, markets that saw yearly decreases included Long Island (-6.6 percent) and Chicago (-3.1 percent).
On a monthly basis, Phoenix actually saw prices dip 2.1 percent. Out of the 19 metros, eight others also saw month-over-month losses, including San Francisco (-2.5 percent), Washington D.C. (-1.9 percent), and Chicago (-1.9 percent). San Jose and Portland had the biggest monthly price gains, 4 percent and 2.1 percent, respectively.
With inventory low, Redfin found the percentage of new listings that were taken off the market within a matter of weeks remained high. For single-family homes, 27.8 percent were under contract within 3.5 weeks from their debut day in July.
Redfin also stated low inventory led to a slowdown in home sales, with July seeing a decline of 12.4 percent from June, but still up 6.8 percent from a year ago.
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