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Monday, February 05, 2024

Housing February 5th Weekly Update: Inventory Down 1.2% Week-over-week, Up 8.7% Year-over-year

by Calculated Risk on 2/05/2024 08:12:00 AM

Altos reports that active single-family inventory was down 1.2% week-over-week. I suspect inventory will bottom in February this year, as opposed to mid-April in 2023.

Altos Home Inventory Click on graph for larger image.

This inventory graph is courtesy of Altos Research.

As of February 2nd, inventory was at 497 thousand (7-day average), compared to 503 thousand the prior week.   

Inventory is still far below pre-pandemic levels.

The second graph shows the seasonal pattern for active single-family inventory since 2015.
Altos Year-over-year Home Inventory
The red line is for 2024.  The black line is for 2019.  Note that inventory is up 95% from the record low for the same week in 2022, but still well below normal levels.

Inventory was up 8.7% compared to the same week in 2023 (last week it was up 7.9%), and down 39.1% compared to the same week in 2019 (last week down 39.2%). 

Back in June 2023, inventory was down almost 54% compared to 2019, so the gap to more normal inventory levels has closed a little.

Mike Simonsen discusses this data regularly on Youtube.