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October Monthly Market Comparison

Consumers snapped up what few homes were available, continuing to seize upon historically low mortgage interest rates even as COVID-19 cases nationwide began to climb. Houston real estate marked its fifth consecutive month of positive sales. On a year-to-date basis, the market is now running 7.7 percent ahead of 2019’s record pace. Single-family home sales, total property sales and total dollar volume all increased compared to October 2019. Pending sales shot up 38.6 percent. However, total active listings – or the total number of available properties – fell 25.9 percent.
 

A continued slowdown of new listings entering the market combined with another vibrant month of sales sent single-family homes inventory down to a 2.4-month supply compared to 3.8 months a year earlier. The last time inventory dropped that low was in December 2014. For October, new listings rose just 2.5 percent year-over-year. Housing inventory nationally stands at a 2.7-months supply, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR). 
 
Single-Family Homes Update
Single-family home sales soared 29.2 percent in October with 9,287 units sold throughout the greater Houston area compared to 7,187 a year earlier. On a year-to-date basis, sales are outperforming last year’s record volume by 7.7 percent. Strong sales volume in the upper segment of the market once again pushed pricing up. The single-family home median price rose 11.1 percent to $266,685 while the average price increased 12.4 percent to $334,996. Both figures are historic highs for an October.
 

 
Days on Market (DOM), or the number of days it took the average home to sell, dropped from 59 to 47. Despite a 2.5 percent increase in new listings in September, inventory registered a 2.4-months supply compared to 3.8 months a year earlier and is near levels last seen almost six years ago, in December 2014. It is also below the current national inventory level of 2.7 months recently reported by NAR.

 

Courtesy of HAR.com

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