February 2018 RE/MAX National Housing Report

3The record speed of January home sales may signal that buyers aren’t waiting around for the typical spring selling season to begin. Despite home sales being down 2.8 percent year-over-year, the February RE/MAX National Housing Report shows homes sold in a mere sixty days last month, marking the fewest Days on Market of any January in the nine-year history of the report. Days on Market typically decline each month leading into the heart of the spring and summer buying season in July and start increasing monthly as fall progresses into winter.

The number of homes for sale in January 2018 was down 4.8 percent from December 2017, and down 14.8 percent from January 2017. Based on the rate of home sales in December, the Months Supply of Inventory decreased to 3.4 from December 2017 at 3.7, as well as decreased compared to January 2017 at 3.8. A 6.0-months supply indicates a market balanced equally between buyers and sellers. In January 2018, 49 of the 53 metro areas surveyed reported a months supply at or less than 6.0, which is typically considered a seller’s market.

“We recently saw the groundhog predict six more weeks of winter, but January housing numbers are telling a different story,” said RE/MAX CEO Adam Contos. “It looks like the spring selling season may have arrived early because home buyers are not slowing down. The speed of this market is on pace with what we saw in the prime of the 2017 selling season.”

The Median Sales Price of $224,000 also set a January record — up 6.7 percent year-over-year. Out of fifty-three markets, fifty-one posted gains, marking January as the 22nd consecutive month of year-over-year price increases dating back to April 2016.

Please click here to download a copy of the February 2018 RE/MAX National Housing Report. Ready to sell your Phoenix home or buy a home in Phoenix? Contact The Russo Team today and receive a complimentary analysis of your home’s approximate present value on the market today. Your complete satisfaction with our service and representation is always our number one priority!

Frank Russo

Russo Team

RE/MAX Professionals



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