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Monday, October 02, 2023

Housing October 2nd Weekly Update: Inventory increased 1.3% Week-over-week; Down 4.7% Year-over-year

by Calculated Risk on 10/02/2023 08:12:00 AM

Altos reports that active single-family inventory was up 1.3% week-over-week.

Altos Home Inventory Click on graph for larger image.

This inventory graph is courtesy of Altos Research.

As of September 29th, inventory was at 535 thousand (7-day average), compared to 528 thousand the prior week.   

Year-to-date, inventory is up 9.0%.  And inventory is up 31.9% from the seasonal bottom 24 weeks ago.

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 record low for the same week in 2021, but below last year and still well below normal levels.

Inventory was down 4.7% compared to the same week in 2022 (last week it was down 5.2%), and down 43.9% compared to the same week in 2019 (last week down 44.7%). 

In 2022, inventory didn't peak until late October, and it appears likely same week inventory will be below 2022 levels for the remainder of the year - depending on when inventory finally peaks this year!

It also seems likely that inventory will be close to or above 2020 levels (dark blue line) by the end of the year.

Mike Simonsen discusses this data regularly on Youtube.