Housing Market Takes Dramatic Turn as Sales Flatten in October

Home Prices Increase 6% as New Listings Slow to 3.5% and Inventory Slumps 4.3%

SEATTLE--()--Home sales stalled in October, increasing by a mere 0.3 percent year over year, according to Redfin (www.redfin.com), the next-generation real estate brokerage. This was an abrupt slowdown from September’s double-digit sales growth. Twenty-seven of 67 metros tracked by Redfin had fewer transactions, including hot markets like Seattle, Denver, Austin, Miami and Dallas.

Nationwide, the median sale price rose 6 percent in October, consistent with year-over-year gains posted in the past four months.

The supply of homes for sale remained tight, particularly in Miami and on the West Coast. Nationwide, inventory fell 4.3 percent from a year ago. The number of new listings grew at their slowest pace since May, up 3.5 percent from a year ago.

Compared with last year, more buyers made concessions to persuade sellers to accept their purchase offers in October. Nearly 16 percent of Redfin offers waived inspection contingencies, up from 8.8 percent a year ago, and 10.5 percent waived financing contingencies, up from 7.6 percent.

Local Market Insights in October

  • The median asking price increased the most in Sacramento, up 16.1% from September, to $499,900, and up 20.5% from a year ago.
  • Only four metros – San Francisco (12.4%), Buffalo (4.0%), Allentown (2.9%), and Miami (0.6%)--had an increase in sales compared to September.
  • Denver was the fastest market in October, with half of all homes selling in 12 days or less, compared to 11 days in September.
  • Sixteen cities added inventory last month, with Tucson (14.7%), Phoenix (12.6%), and Columbus, OH, (12.0%) posting the biggest gains.

To read the full report, complete with data, charts and insights from Redfin agents, please visit the following link: https://www.redfin.com/research/reports/2015/oct-national-housing-market-tracker.html

Redfin also took an in-depth look at home prices, inventory and sales across neighborhoods for four cities: Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

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Redfin Journalist Services:
Jeffery Marino, 206-588-6863


Redfin Journalist Services:
Jeffery Marino, 206-588-6863