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Nationwide Home Sales Inched Forward in June

June posted month-over-month increases in home sales (up 5.4% from May) and inventory (up 7.2%) while year-over-year activity continued to trail the strong results of early 2022, according to the latest RE/MAX National Housing Report.

June 2023 home sales were 18.7% below June 2022, contributing to a first-half 24% decline in closings compared to the first half of 2022 across the 52 metro areas surveyed in the report.

June's year-over-year decline in active inventory of 10.7% was the first such decrease in the past 13 months. New listings, although down 25% compared to a year ago, were up 0.5% over May.

Key Findings:

  • Months' Supply of Inventory in June was 1.4, up from May's 1.3 but below the 1.6 months recorded a year ago.
  • The average close-to-list price ratio for June was 100%, indicating that homes sold for the asking price on average. This matched May's ratio and was a decline from the 102% ratio recorded a year ago.
  • Homes sold in June were on the market for an average of 31 days, which was the same in May but 9 days longer than June of last year.

Typically the biggest month for home sales, June produced a median sales price of $425,000 which was the highest since June 2022's peak price of $426,000.

"June's month-over-month gain in sales is largely seasonal, but it shows the market's resiliency in the face of low inventory and higher interest rates," said RE/MAX President and CEO Nick Bailey. "While we probably won't see a significant jump in sales activity in the short term, demand is strong and houses are selling when they're priced right. The expertise of an experienced real estate agent continues to be an important part of the equation for buyers and sellers navigating this rebalancing market."

New Listings 
Of the 52 metro areas surveyed in June 2023, the number of newly listed homes was up 0.5% compared to May 2023, and down 25.0% compared to June 2022. The markets with the biggest decrease in year-over-year new listings percentage were Phoenix at -54.4%, Las Vegas at -43.3% and Seattle at -35.9%. No markets had an increase in year-over-year new listings percentage.

Closed Transactions 
Of the 52 metro areas surveyed in June 2023, the overall number of home sales was up 5.4% compared to May 2023 and down 18.7% compared to June 2022. The markets with the biggest decrease in year-over-year sales percentage were Seattle at -27.8%, Portland, OR, at -27.7%, and Anchorage, AK, at -27.5%. Only one metro area had a year-over-year sales percentage increase in June: Coeur d'Alene, ID, at +0.9%.

Median Sales Price 
In June 2023, the median of all 52 metro area sales prices was $425,000, up 2.4% compared to May 2023, and down 0.3% from June 2022. The markets with the biggest year-over-year decrease in median sales price were Coeur d'Alene, ID at -8.0%, Las Vegas at -7.9%, and Phoenix at -6.5%. The markets with the biggest year-over-year increase in median sales price were Trenton, NJ at +11.5%, Omaha, NE at +10.2%, and Anchorage, AK at +7.8%.

Close-to-List Price Ratio
In June 2023, the average close-to-list price ratio of all 52 metro areas in the report was 100%, flat compared to May 2023 and down from 102% compared to June 2022. The close-to-list price ratio is calculated by dividing the average value of the sales price by the list price for each transaction. When the number is above 100%, the home sold 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 at 95%, followed by a tie between Coeur d'Alene, ID, and New Orleans at 97%. The highest close-to-list price ratios were in Hartford, CT, at 106%, followed by a three-way tie between Manchester, NHSan Francisco and Trenton, NJ, at 104%.

Days on Market 

The average days on market for homes sold in June 2023 were 31, flat compared to the average in May 2023 and up 9 days from the average in June 2022. The metro areas with the lowest days on market were a tie between Baltimore and Washington, DC at 11, followed by Manchester, NH, at 12. The highest days on market averages were in Fayetteville, AR, at 77, and Coeur d'Alene, ID, at 57, followed by a tie between Miami and San Antonio at 51. Days on market is the number of days between when a home is first listed in an MLS and when a sales contract is signed.

Months' Supply of Inventory

The number of homes for sale in June 2023 was up 7.2% from May 2023 and down 10.7% from June 2022. Based on the rate of home sales in June 2023, the months' supply of inventory was 1.4, up from 1.3 in May 2023 and decreasing compared to 1.6 in June 2022. In June 2023, the markets with the lowest months' supply of inventory were a three-way tie between Charlotte, NCManchester, NH, and Trenton, NJ, at 0.6. The markets with the highest months' supply of inventory were Bozeman, MT, at 3.0, San Antonio at 2.9, and Houston at 2.8.

"We are back to a more normal market. Homes that are in good locations, good condition and priced fairly are still selling quickly and with multiple offers," said Shelley Bridge of RE/MAX Cherry Creek in Denver, CO. "However, properties that don't meet these criteria are taking longer to sell and often need to have price reductions in order to attract a buyer."

To read the full report, including more data, charts, and methodology, click here.

About Author: Demetria Lester

Demetria C. Lester is a reporter for DS News and MReport magazines with more than eight years of writing experience. She has served as content coordinator and copy editor for the Los Angeles Daily News and the Orange County Register, in addition to 11 other Southern California publications. A former editor-in-chief at Northlake College and staff writer at her alma mater, the University of Texas at Arlington, she has covered events such as the Byron Nelson and Pac-12 Conferences, progressing into her freelance work with the Dallas Wings and D Magazine. Currently located in Dallas, Texas, Lester is an avid jazz lover and likes to read. She can be reached at [email protected].

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