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Housing supply and demand are beginning to balance

In July, homes sold in a median of 35 days, which is two days faster than in July 2021 and 25 days faster than in July 2019. (Mark Blinch/Reuters)
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More homes on the market means good news for buyers, at least for those who can afford mortgage payments at a higher rate than they were at this time last year.

The number of homes for sale rose in July by 30.7 percent, compared with July 2021, the fastest annual increase since July 2017, according to’s Monthly Housing Market Trends Report. However, listings are still 44.4 percent lower than there were in July 2019. Of the 50 largest metro areas, active listings increased in 45 markets, with the biggest increase in active listings in Phoenix (up 158.7 percent, compared with July 2021), Austin (154.5 percent) and Raleigh (up 137.5 percent). In the Washington, D.C., market, active listings were up 5.4 percent in July, compared with July 2021.

Active listings include all homes on the market, regardless of when they were listed for sale. New listings, which just include those first coming on the market during the month, declined 2.8 percent nationwide in July 2022, compared with July 2021, an indication that economic uncertainty may be keeping sellers out of the market. But in 13 markets, new listings rose, compared with July 2021. For example, new listings were up 37.6 percent in Las Vegas, compared with July 2021, up 37.1 percent in Nashville and up 28.6 percent in Oklahoma City. In Washington, D.C., new listings were down 21.5 percent, compared with July 2021.

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Despite some indications that buyer demand is slowing, such as fewer mortgage applications and fewer sales, homes continue to sell for high prices and at a faster pace than before the pandemic. In July, homes sold in a median of 35 days, which is two days faster than in July 2021 and 25 days faster than in July 2019.

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Econ 101
Why is rent so high?
  • As the pandemic interrupted normal work, people spent more time at home. Many people moved from the city to the suburbs for more space.
  • Quickly, there were far more people looking to buy new homes than there were homes available.
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  • Home prices then soared nationwide, and many people lost out in bidding wars. Prospective homeowners became prospective renters, pushing prices even higher.
  • Global supply chain snafus made materials difficult to obtain and construction workers difficult to hire. It took months longer than usual to get new rental units online.
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The national median listing price for a home remained high at $449,000 in July, although that is $1,000 less than it was in June, when it was a record high $450,000. The national median listing price in July is 16.6 percent higher than the median listing price in July 2021 and 39.5 percent more than the median listing price in July 2019. Typical monthly mortgage payments are 1.5 times higher than they were in July 2021.

Higher prices, especially when borrowers face higher mortgage rates than in the past, makes buying a home a challenge in most markets. That’s one reason gives for the fact that more than half (53 percent) of buyers are looking for a home outside of the market where they live. That’s the highest percentage on record and up from 48 percent in the first quarter of 2022.

Eight of the top 10 markets attracting the most out-of-town buyers have a lower median listing price than the national average. For example, El Paso, where 62.1 percent of listing views were from out of town, had a median listing price of $281,642 in July.

Other towns with a high percentage of buyers looking for property from out of town include Warner Robins, Ga., where 82.2 percent are from out of town; Alexandria, La. (69.1 percent); Midland, Tex., (65.2 percent); Yakima, Wash. (63.6 percent); and Burlington, Vt. (63.5 percent).