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Monday, April 17, 2023

Housing April 17th Weekly Update: Inventory Decreased 1.3% Week-over-week

by Calculated Risk on 4/17/2023 08:25:00 AM

Altos reports that active single-family inventory was down 1.3% week-over-week. Inventory still hasn't bottomed seasonally.

Altos Home Inventory Click on graph for larger image.

This inventory graph is courtesy of Altos Research.

As of April 14th, inventory was at 405 thousand (7-day average), compared to 411 thousand the prior week.   

Year-to-date, inventory is down 17.4%.

The second graph shows the seasonal pattern for active single-family inventory since 2015.
Altos Home Inventory
The red line is for 2023.  The black line is for 2019.  Note that inventory is up from the previous two years (the record low was in 2022), but still well below normal levels.

Inventory was up 51.6% compared to the same week in 2022 (last week it was up 59.1%), and down 52.4% compared to the same week in 2019 (last week down 50.9%). 

A key will be when inventory starts increasing in 2023.

Mike Simonsen discusses this data regularly on Youtube.