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Housing Inventory Seeing Record Declines Nationwide

HouseCanary’s latest Market Pulse report finds that monthly new listing volume is down 11.5% in March 2021, compared to March 2020. Since March 2020, there have been 2,906,925 net new listings placed on the market, a 0.6% decrease versus the same period in 2019.

In total, for the month of March 2021, 284,298 net new listings were placed on the market, a 0.9% decrease over March 2020. In addition, there were 348,422 listings that went under contract nationwide which is a 22.7% increase versus March 2020.

The deepening imbalance between supply and demand continues to persist, as the study also found that over the last year, 3,350,038 properties went into contract, a 7.9% increase versus the 3,105,504 properties that went into contract over the year prior. In contrast, over the last 52 weeks, there have been 2,906,925 net new listings placed on the market, a 0.6% decrease versus the 2,924,254 net new listings over the year prior. These inventory levels are at a deficit of 443,113 listings over the last year, which is 261,864 listings below the prior year’s deficit of 181,250 listings.

“As we enter the spring home buying season, the market is experiencing extremely limited supply compounded by an outsized level of demand that shows no signs of easing,” said Jeremy Sicklick, Co-Founder and CEO of HouseCanary. “Bidding wars have broken out across the country, and homes on the upper end of the price spectrum are selling at significantly higher rates compared to a year ago. The extreme supply shortage continues to put upward pressure on single-family home prices–a more favorable environment for sellers–and we expect this trend to continue over the coming months. Looking further ahead, however, rising mortgage rates could cool future price growth, as potential buyers continue to get priced out of the market.”

The bidding wars mentioned by Sicklick are a primary factor in the upward push of housing prices, as HouseCanary reports that for the week ending April 2, 2021, the median price of all single-family listings in the U.S. was $378,408, and the median closed price was $367,242. The median price of all single-family listings is up 16.5% and the median price of closed listings is up 22.4% year-over-year.

Click here for more information on HouseCanary’s latest Market Pulse report.

About Author: Eric Peck

Eric C. Peck has 20-plus years’ experience covering the mortgage industry, he most recently served as Editor-in-Chief for The Mortgage Press and National Mortgage Professional Magazine. Peck graduated from the New York Institute of Technology where he received his B.A. in Communication Arts/Media. After graduating, he began his professional career with Videography Magazine before landing in the mortgage space. Peck has edited three published books and has served as Copy Editor for Entrepreneur.com.
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