Home prices hit new heights as spring brings little relief to buyers


The median home-sale price increased 20% year over year to $347,500—an all-time high—according to a new report from Redfin (redfin.com), the technology-powered real estate brokerage. This number is somewhat inflated due to a slight dip in median sale prices around this time in 2020, and due to fewer high-end homes being sold at this time a year ago, and more high-end homes being sold now.

Below are other key housing market takeaways for more than 400 U.S. metro areas during the 4-week period ending April 25 (unless otherwise noted).


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Note that at this time last year, pandemic stay-at-home orders halted homebuying and selling, which makes year-over-year comparisons unreliable for select housing metrics. As such, Redfin has broken this analysis into two sections: metrics that are acceptable to compare to the same period in 2020, and metrics for which it makes more sense to compare to the same period in 2019.

Metrics to compare to 2020:

• Asking prices reached an all-time high of $357,200.

• Homes that sold during the period were on the market for a median of 20 days, down 16 days from the same period in 2020 and the shortest time on market since at least 2012.

• An all-time high 46% of homes sold for more than their list price, up 19 percentage points from the same period a year earlier.

• The average sale-to-list price ratio, which measures how close homes are selling to their asking prices, increased 2.5 percentage points year over year to an all-time high of 101.2%, meaning the average home sold for 1.2% more than its asking price.

• 58% of homes that went under contract had an accepted offer within the first two weeks on the market. This was a new all-time high since at least 2012.

• 46% of homes that went under contract had an accepted offer within one week of hitting the market, an all-time high.

Metrics to compare to 2019:

• Pending home sales were up 23% from the same period in 2019.

• New listings of homes for sale were down 12% from the same period in 2019. New listings were up 2% from the four-week period ending March 28. The small boost in the number of new listings fell far short of the 12% increase during the same period in 2019.

• Active listings (the number of homes listed for sale at any point during the period) fell 48% from the same period in 2019 to a new all-time low.

Mortgage purchase applications decreased 5% week over week (seasonally adjusted). For the week ending April 29, 30-year mortgage rates increased slightly to 2.98%.

“I am concerned about how we as a society are going to reckon with just how expensive housing has become,” said Redfin Chief Economist Daryl Fairweather. “But I’m not worried about a housing crash because these sky-high prices are supported by the new reality of well-funded buyers who are often benefiting from newfound mobility via remote work. As the economy recovers, we…



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