NAR released a summary of existing-home sales data showing that housing market activity this April declined 2.7% from March 2021. April’s existing-home sales reached a 5.85 million seasonally adjusted annual rate. April’s sales of existing-homes inclined 33.9% from April 2020.
The national median existing-home price for all housing types rose to $341,600 in April, up 19.1% from a year ago, both record highs. Home prices have continued to rise, and this marks the 110th consecutive month of year-over-year gains.
Regionally, all four regions showed double-digit price growth from a year ago. The Northeast had the largest gain of 22.0%, followed by the West with an increase of 19.9%. The South showed an increase of 15.8%, and the Midwest had the smallest price gain of 13.5% from April 2020.
April’s inventory increased 10.5% from last month, standing at 1.16 million homes for sale. Compared with April of 2020, inventory levels dropped 20.5%. This would mark 23 straight months of year-over-year declines. It will take 2.4 months to move the current level of inventory at the current sales pace.
Demand remains strong as home buyers are snatching listings quickly off the MLS, and it takes approximately 17 days for a home to go from listing to a contract in the current housing market. A year ago, it took 27 days.
From March 2021, three of the four regions had declines in sales. The Midwest had a modest gain of 0.8%. The Northeast had the biggest drop in sales of 3.9%, followed by the South with a decline of 3.7%. The West region had the smallest dip of 3.1%.
From a year ago, all four regions showed increases in sales. The Northeast region had the largest gain of 16.9%, followed by the South with an increase of 15.9%. The West had an increase in sales of 15.5%, followed by the Midwest with the smallest gain of 0.8%.
The South led all regions in percentage of national sales, accounting for 44.4% of the total, while the Northeast had the smallest share at 12.5%.
In April, single-family sales were down 3.2% and condominiums sales were up 1.4 compared to last month. Single-family home sales were up 28.9% while condominium sales were up 84.6% compared to a year ago. The median sales price of single-family homes rose to 20.3% at $347,400 from April 2020, while the median sales price of condominiums rose 12.6% at $300,400.