Existing-Home Sales Declined 4.3% in March

Washington, DC, April 18, 2024-Total existing-home sales receded 4.3% from February to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.19 million in March, according to the National Association of Realtors. Year-over-year, sales waned 3.7% (down from 4.35 million in March 2023).

"Though rebounding from cyclical lows, home sales are stuck because interest rates have not made any major moves," said NAR chief economist Lawrence Yun. "There are nearly six million more jobs now compared to pre-Covid highs, which suggests more aspiring home buyers exist in the market."

Total housing inventory registered at the end of March was 1.11 million units, up 4.7% from February and 14.4% from one year ago (970,000). Unsold inventory sits at a 3.2-month supply at the current sales pace, up from 2.9 months in February and 2.7 months in March 2023.

"More inventory is always welcomed in the current environment," Yun added. "Frankly, it's a great time to list with ongoing multiple offers on mid-priced properties and, overall, home prices continuing to rise."

The median existing-home price for all housing types in March was $393,500, an increase of 4.8% from the previous year ($375,300). All four U.S. regions registered price gains.