As you know, I like to look at all of the numbers every month, so I can give you a better idea of how the housing market is moving.  It's my hope that it'll give you the information needed to make a more informed decision.  When you're ready to buy or sell, remember I want to be your only Realtor. -Elizabeth "Elise" Russo

Here's this month's housing market at a glance:

We're at this time in the year, where we can pretty well say how the future of the rest of the year will look.  It's not a particularly interesting story, but it is good news.  We will not crash folks!  Across the USA we are coming to more of a middle ground between buyers and sellers.  Yes, it's true, inventory is low and because there's not much to choose from, prices are running a little higher than some would like to pay.  We are however noticing there's a little bit of wiggle room for buyers to negotiate terms.

"Closed Sales decreased 3.2 percent for Residential homes and 10.1 percent for Condominium homes. Pending Sales increased 7.0 percent for Residential homes but decreased 8.2 percent for Condominium homes. Inventory increased 23.2 percent for Residential homes and 63.8 percent for Condominium homes.

The Median Sales Price increased 5.0 percent to $525,000 for Residential homes but decreased 1.4 percent to $392,500 for Condominium homes. Days on Market increased 44.4 percent for Residential homes and 71.4 percent for Condominium homes. Months Supply of Inventory increased 26.7 percent for Residential homes and 100.0 percent for Condominium homes."

In recent years past, low unemployment, higher wages and favorable mortgage rates have been a terrific driver of housing stability.  This year has been a little different.  I mean, prices aren't rising so quickly.  Some of the hottest areas of Washington, Oregon and California have cooled slightly.  In other areas of the Western market, they are just now recovering from a decade battle of the Great Recession. Over all, this year's hot selling season is stable across the nation.

 

Seattle Quick Year-Over-Year Housing Sale Facts May 2019

In Other News:

A National Housing Minute

Pending and existing home sales declined slightly in April, while inventory continues to increase.

The 25 Best Places to Live in the U.S. in 2019 | Real Estate | US News

9. Seattle

  • Metro Population: 3,735,216
  • Median Home Price: $442,333
  • Median Annual Salary: $63,120

Moving up one spot from 2018, Seattle ranks No. 9 this year thanks to its consistently strong job market and high desirability among U.S. residents as a place to live.  The job market contributes to its reputation as a great place to live, with Seattle ranking seventh out of the 125 metro areas on the list for desirability.  Next up on the list was Portland, Oregon (Ranked No. 8).

Pending Home Sales Trail Off 1.5% in April

May 30, 2019 | Media Contact: Quintin Simmons 202-383-1178

WASHINGTON (May 30, 2019) – Pending home sales declined in April, a modest change from the growth seen a month before, according to the National Association of Realtors®. Only one of the four major regions – the Midwest – experienced growth, while the remaining three regions reported a drop in their respective contract activity.

The Pending Home Sales Index,* www.nar.realtor/pending-home-sales, a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, fell 1.5% to 104.3 in April, down from 105.9 in March. Year-over-year contract signings declined 2.0%, making this the 16th straight month of annual decreases.

Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, said the sales dip has yet to account for some of the more favorable trends toward homeownership, such as lower mortgage rates. "Though the latest monthly figure shows a mild decline in contract signings, mortgage applications and consumer confidence have been steadily rising,” he said. “It’s inevitable for sales to turn higher in a few months."

"Home price appreciation has been the strongest on the lower-end as inventory conditions have been consistently tight on homes priced under $250,000. Price conditions are soft on the upper-end, especially in high tax states like Connecticut, New York and Illinois." The supply of inventory for homes priced under $250,000 stood at 3.3 months in April, and homes priced $1 million and above recorded an inventory of 8.9 months in April.

Citing active listings from data at realtor.com®, Yun says the year-over-year increases could be a sign of a rise in inventory. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif., Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Wash., San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, Calif., Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, Ore.-Wash., and Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin, Tenn., saw the largest increase in active listings in April compared to a year ago.

"We are seeing migration to more affordable regions, particularly in the South, where there has been recent job growth and homes are more affordable," Yun said.

April Pending Home Sales Regional Breakdown

The PHSI in the Northeast declined 1.8% to 88.9 in April and is now 2.1% below a year ago. In the Midwest, the index grew 1.3% to 96.8 in April, 2.4% lower than April 2018.

Pending home sales in the South fell 2.5% to an index of 124.0 in April, which is 1.8% lower than last April. The index in the West dropped 1.8% in April to 93.5 and fell only 1.5% below a year ago.

The National Association of Realtors® is America’s largest trade association, representing more than 1.3 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.

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*The Pending Home Sales Index is a leading indicator for the housing sector, based on pending sales of existing homes. A sale is listed as pending when the contract has been signed but the transaction has not closed, though the sale usually is finalized within one or two months of signing.

The index is based on a large national sample, typically representing about 20% of transactions for existing-home sales. In developing the model for the index, it was demonstrated that the level of monthly sales-contract activity parallels the level of closed existing-home sales in the following two months.

An index of 100 is equal to the average level of contract activity during 2001, which was the first year to be examined. By coincidence, the volume of existing-home sales in 2001 fell within the range of 5.0 to 5.5 million, which is considered normal for the current U.S. population.

NOTE: NAR’s May Housing Minute video will be released on May 31, Existing-Home Sales for May will be reported June 21, and the next Pending Home Sales Index will be June 27; all release times are 10:00 a.m. ET.