By the Numbers
Expert panelists from Zillow’s Home Price Expectations Survey say if changes aren’t made, new construction growth will stall, home prices will continue to increase, and less of today’s 30-somethings will have the ability to own a home.
Despite the monthly increase, listings stayed near all-time lows, down 59.8% from 15,281 listings in May 2020.
Housing inventory, meanwhile, remained significantly below year-ago levels in May.
Longer-commute areas continued to claim the largest market share in single-family homebuilding, but the construction growth rate was strongest in places with shorter commuting times, the National Association of Home Builders said, citing its quarterly Home Building Geography Index.
Of the 99 million residential properties in the U.S., approximately 1.4 million (or 1.4%) are vacant this quarter, with “zombie” home rates increasing both quarterly (21%) and annually (5.6%).
Special questions added to the National Association of Home Builders’ monthly builder survey found 90% or more of respondents had experienced shortages of plywood, oriented strand board, framing lumber and appliances, with most other materials also hard to come by.
Year over year, however, pending home sales were up 57.1%, the NAR said, citing its monthly Pending Home Sales Index.
“Demand is robust throughout the country, but homebuyers continue to be held back by the lack of homes for sale and rapidly increasing home prices.” — MBA Associate Vice President of Economic and Industry Forecasting Joel Kan
The median sales price of new homes sold in April was $372,400, up from $334,200 in March and $310,100 a year ago.
Nationwide, the seasonally adjusted housing index rose 2% month over month in February and 13.2% year over year, up from a monthly increase of 1.2% in February.