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Tuesday, June 06, 2023

Early Look at Local Housing Markets in May

by Calculated Risk on 6/06/2023 10:15:00 AM

Today, in the Calculated Risk Real Estate Newsletter: Early Look at Local Housing Markets in May

A brief excerpt:

This is a look at a few early reporting local markets in May. I’m tracking about 40 local housing markets in the US. Some of the 40 markets are states, and some are metropolitan areas. I’ll update these tables throughout the month as additional data is released.

Closed sales in May were mostly for contracts signed in March and April. Since 30-year fixed mortgage rates were in the 6% to 6.5% range in March and April - compared to the 4% to 5% range the previous year - closed sales were down significantly year-over-year in May.
Closed Sales Jan 2023In May, sales in these markets were down 26.6%. In April, these same markets were down 34.4% YoY Not Seasonally Adjusted (NSA).

This is a smaller YoY decline NSA than in April for these early reporting markets, however seasonally adjusted, it is closer. Note that there was one less selling day in April this year than in April 2022, but the same number of selling days each year in May.

Another factor in the smaller YoY decline was that sales were steadily declining last year due to higher mortgage rates. ...

This was a just a few early reporting markets. Many more local markets to come!
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