July Existing Home Prices are Up, Sales are Down

Sales of existing homes slipped in July even as median prices sustained their record-high levels. The National Association of Realtors® (NAR) said the month’s sales of single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums, and cooperative apartments were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.07 million units, down 2.2 percent compared to June and 16.6 percent lower than in in the same month in 2022. Single-family home sales slid to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 3.65 million, a 1.9 percent month-over-month decline and down 16.3 percent from the previous year. Condo and co-op sales slipped 4.5 percent to 420,000 annual units: 19.2 percent fewer than a year earlier. [existinghomesdata] The median existing-home price for all housing types in July was $406,700, a 1.9 percent annual increase . NAR said It was the fourth time the monthly median sales price had exceeded $400,000 since it started keeping records. Previous such prices were logged in June 2023 ($410,000), and in both May and June of last year at $408,600 and $413,800, respectively. The median existing single-family home price was $412,300 in July, up 1.6 percent year-over-year, while condo prices rose 4.5 percent to a median of $357,600. [existinghomeprices] There were 1.11 million housing units available for sale at the end of July, an estimated 3.3-month supply at the current sales pace. This is an increase of 3.7 percent from the end of June when there was a 3.1-month supply but 14.6 percent below total inventory in July 2022.