Weekly real estate market update 5/17/24… the number of homes for sale is increasing

New listings continue to increase and coming soon listings also increased again this week… good news for weeks to come. Transactions that fall through and come back on the market have had a rocky road this month, a bump up again this week.

The good news is that new listings continue to be higher than last year at this time, feeding a growing inventory of homes available for sale. The article below from our blog at Keeping Current Matters gives data for the whole country… the chart below shows how inventory has been slowly increasing each year in our Twin Cities market after falling off a cliff when the pandemic hit.

Sharlene Hensrud, RE/MAX Results – shensrud@homesmsp.com

For Buyers, Inventory

There’s no denying the last couple of years have been tough for anyone trying to buy a home because there haven’t been enough houses to go around. But things are starting to look up.

There are more homes up for grabs this year. The graph below uses the latest data from Realtor.com to show in April 2024 there were more homes for sale than there were over the last few years (2021-2023):

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As Realtor.com explains:

“There were 30.4% more homes actively for sale on a typical day in April compared with the same time in 2023, marking the sixth consecutive month of annual inventory growth.”

But does this growing inventory make house hunting easier? Yes and no.

Using the latest weekly data from Calculated Risk, the graph below shows, that even with the growth lately, there are still way fewer homes for sale than there were in the last normal year in the housing market:

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What Does This Mean for You?

If you’ve been looking to buy but put your plans on hold because you just couldn’t find what you were searching for, you might see more options now than you did over the past few years – but don’t expect a huge selection.

To check out your growing options, it’s a good idea to work with a local real estate agent you trust. Real estate is all about location. And an agent can help you get the scoop on the homes available in the area you’re interested in. Bankrate explains:

“In today’s homebuying market, it’s more important than ever to find a real estate agent who really knows your local area â€” down to your specific neighborhood — and can help you successfully navigate its unique quirks.”

Bottom Line

Let’s team up so you have someone who can keep you in the loop on everything that might impact your move, like how many homes are up for sale right now.

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