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Realtor.com® Weekly Recovery Report: Fierce Competition Ahead for Would-be Home Buyers

U.S. housing market continues to get closer and closer to pre-COVID levels

SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Summer 2020 is shaping up to be a very competitive market for buyers thanks to record-low interest rates and scarce inventory, according to realtor.com®'s Weekly Recovery Report for the week ending July 11. Moreover, the U.S. housing market continues to get closer and closer to pre-COVID levels with the realtor.com® Housing Market Recovery Index reaching 98.5 this week.

"Today's market remains tipped in favor of sellers as would-be spring buyers are shopping well into what would normally be summer vacation season," said Danielle Hale, chief economist for realtor.com®. "Home buyers, trying to take advantage of record-low mortgage rates and make up for lost time, are finding limited and more expensive options. Although sellers are slowly acclimating to this unexpected surge in buyer interest, inventory is still lagging behind demand which is driving quick time on market and listing price growth on par with this time last summer."

Key Findings:

  • The realtor.com® Housing Market Recovery Index reached 98.5 nationwide for the week ending July 11. This week's 0.7 point increase over last week brings the index just 1.5 points below the pre-COVID baseline.

  • Local Recovery: Regionally, the West (104.6) continues to lead the recovery with the overall index now visibly above the pre-COVID benchmark. The Northeast (102.6) also surpassed the recovery baseline last week, and continues to improve. The South (96.3) and Midwest (95.3) are still lagging and seem to be losing momentum in the recovery. Locally, an additional four markets have crossed the recovery benchmark this week, taking the total number of markets above the January baseline to 18, the highest since the early pandemic period. The overall recovery index is showing greatest recovery in Seattle, Boston, Denver, Philadelphia and New York, with the components of the index in these markets surpassing or approaching pre-COVID benchmarks.

  • New listings were down 19 percent. The new listings trend appeared to worsen for the week ending July 11, showing a larger decline than we saw the previous week (week ending July 4) which can be partly attributed to the timing of the 4th of July holiday this year. Looking at the last three weeks combined (holiday week plus the week before and the week after), new listings are down an average of 14 percent from a year ago. While new listings have not recovered to their pre-COVID trend, they are bumping along, generally in the right direction despite occasional setbacks.

  • Total inventory was down 32 percent. The improving new listings trend is still not enough to offset buyer demand as more home buyers aim to take advantage of record-low mortgage rates.

  • Median listing prices continue growing at 7.9 percent over last year, faster than the pre-COVID pace and on par with this time last year.

  • Time on market is now just 1 day slower than last year as buyers out-number sellers and confidence is growing for both.

Data Summary


Week ending
July 11

Week ending
July 4

Week ending
June 27

First Two
Weeks March

Total Listings

-32% YOY

-31% YOY

-30% YOY

-16% YOY

Time on Market

1 day slower YOY

3 days slower YOY

7 days slower YOY

4 days faster YOY

Median Listing Prices

+7.9% YOY

+6.2% YOY

+6.2% YOY

+4.5% YOY

New Listings

-19% YOY

-4% YOY

-17% YOY

+5% YOY

 

Realtor.com® Recovery Index by Metro

Rank

Metro

Recovery Index
(Week Ending 7/11)

Recovery Index
(Weekly Change)

1

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Wash.

115.5

7.0

2

Boston-Cambridge-Newton, Mass.-N.H.

114.1

-5.9

3

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, Colo.

109.3

-0.7

4

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, Pa.-N.J.-Del.-Md.

109.2

-0.4

5

New York-Newark-Jersey City, N.Y.-N.J.-Pa.

108.1

8.4

6

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, Calif.

108.1

-1.0

7

Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, Nev.

107.3

2.1

8

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, Calif.

106.1

-6.7

9

San Diego-Carlsbad, Calif.

106.0

1.3

10

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-Va.-Md.-W. Va.

105.6

1.0

11

Austin-Round Rock, Texas

105.1

6.6

12

Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, Calif.

103.5

6.7

13

Rochester, N.Y.

103.4

1.6

14

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, Tenn.

102.1

2.3

15

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Ariz.

102.0

3.3

16

Pittsburgh, Pa.

101.6

1.5

17

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, Va.-N.C.

100.7

1.1

18

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, Md.

100.5

0.8

19

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif.

99.7

-5.6

20

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, Ore.-Wash.

99.4

-1.6

21

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Fla.

99.1

2.6

22

Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, Conn.

98.4

-0.2

23

Jacksonville, Fla.

97.4

-2.9

24

Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Fla.

97.3

-1.4

25

Raleigh, N.C.

97.1

2.4

26

Kansas City, Mo.-Kan.

97.0

-2.6

27

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas

96.9

-0.7

28

Cincinnati, Ohio-Ky.-Ind.

96.9

-0.1

29

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, Texas

96.0

1.6

30

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, N.Y.

95.9

-3.5

31

Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, Ind.

95.8

3.0

32

Cleveland-Elyria, Ohio

95.8

-1.4

33

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, N.C.-S.C.

95.5

2.3

34

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, Mich

95.3

-1.0

35

New Orleans-Metairie, La.

95.0

2.8

36

St. Louis, Mo.-Ill.

94.8

-0.9

37

San Antonio-New Braunfels, Texas

94.6

-0.4

38

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, Fla.

94.4

-0.8

39

Memphis, Tenn.-Miss.-Ark.

94.2

-2.0

40

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, Calif.

94.1

-2.5

41

Richmond, Va.

93.7

2.3

42

Providence-Warwick, R.I.-Mass.

93.7

0.5

43

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, Ga.

93.2

-3.1

44

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, Ill.-Ind.-Wis.

92.7

0.2

45

Columbus, Ohio

92.6

0.3

46

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, Minn.-Wis.

92.6

1.7

47

Birmingham-Hoover, Ala.

92.2

-2.9

48

Louisville/Jefferson County, Ky.-Ind.

92.1

-4.9

49

Oklahoma City, Okla.

88.4

-8.0

50

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, Wis.

85.9

0.0

 

For more information on weekly listings data, please visit:
https://www.realtor.com/research/weekly-housing-trends-view-data-week-july-11-2020/

For more information on the weekly housing recovery index, please visit:
https://www.realtor.com/research/housing-market-recovery-index-trends-july-11-data/

Methodology: The Weekly Housing Index leverages a weighted average of realtor.com® search traffic, median list prices, new listings, and median time on market and compares it to the January 2020 market trend, as a baseline for pre-COVID market growth. The overall index is set to 100 in this baseline period. The higher a market's index value, the higher its recovery and vice versa.

cbsa_title

median_listing_price_yy

active_listing_count_yy

median_days_on_market_by_day_yy

median_days_on_market_yy

new_listing_count_yy

new_listing_share_yy

price_reduced_count_yy

price_reduced_share_yy

akron, oh

5.60%

-44.40%

-3

-6.30%

-33.00%

2.20%

-46.80%

-0.60%

albany-schenectady-troy, ny

14.10%

-36.80%

8

11.30%

-24.90%

1.40%

-56.20%

-2.20%

albuquerque, nm

16.40%

-49.20%

1

2.10%

-30.50%

3.40%

-60.30%

-2.50%

allentown-bethlehem-easton, pa-nj

24.00%

-57.70%

-28

-43.80%

-23.30%

6.00%

-67.10%

-1.80%

atlanta-sandy springs-roswell, ga

6.10%

-36.00%

0

0.00%

-28.50%

1.10%

-52.30%

-2.30%

augusta-richmond county, ga-sc

4.30%

-40.60%

3

4.70%

-34.20%

0.80%

-65.40%

-2.40%

austin-round rock, tx

6.90%

-32.20%

-4

-8.20%

-4.60%

3.70%

-42.30%

-1.90%

bakersfield, ca

8.20%

-40.80%

-9

-18.80%

-15.90%

3.90%

-68.50%

-3.30%

baltimore-columbia-towson, md

4.40%

-48.00%

-8

-15.70%

-30.30%

3.00%

-59.00%

-2.20%

baton rouge, la

6.70%

-23.50%

4

5.20%

-26.20%

-0.20%

-14.50%

0.70%

birmingham-hoover, al

8.20%

-31.00%

-2

-3.40%

-18.40%

1.60%

-42.70%

-1.30%

boise city, id

6.70%

-45.90%

7

18.90%

-30.00%

3.20%

-68.80%

-4.00%

boston-cambridge-newton, ma-nh

12.50%

-31.50%

-8

-17.80%

-1.10%

4.60%

-48.10%

-2.50%

bridgeport-stamford-norwalk, ct

0.60%

-22.40%

-24

-32.90%

22.00%

2.80%

-60.90%

-3.20%

buffalo-cheektowaga-niagara falls, ny

11.40%

-37.70%

-1

-2.60%

-21.30%

3.30%

-45.30%

-1.10%

cape coral-fort myers, fl

13.30%

-28.70%

1

1.00%

2.50%

1.90%

-30.80%

-0.30%

charleston-north charleston, sc

5.80%

-31.90%

-3

-4.10%

-8.20%

2.20%

-49.70%

-2.90%

charlotte-concord-gastonia, nc-sc

4.80%

-43.70%

-1

-2.00%

-27.10%

2.70%

-61.40%

-3.30%

chattanooga, tn-ga

15.60%

-45.00%

5

8.60%

-30.10%

2.00%

-50.20%

-0.90%

chicago-naperville-elgin, il-in-wi

4.20%

-31.40%

-2

-4.70%

-19.40%

1.80%

-44.90%

-2.10%

cincinnati, oh-ky-in

17.30%

-46.00%

0

0.00%

-32.70%

2.50%

-47.50%

-0.50%

cleveland-elyria, oh

12.40%

-47.30%

-2

-3.70%

-32.90%

2.50%

-52.00%

-1.00%

colorado springs, co

11.50%

-36.70%

4

13.30%

-25.80%

2.10%

-51.90%

-3.00%

columbia, sc

6.30%

-43.60%

-2

-4.00%

-38.00%

0.90%

-50.00%

-1.00%

columbus, oh

1.60%

-40.70%

-3

-7.90%

-19.10%

4.40%

-54.00%

-3.00%

dallas-fort worth-arlington, tx

1.40%

-34.80%

-1

-2.00%

-20.30%

2.10%

-46.40%

-2.20%

dayton, oh

12.90%

-45.40%

3

7.30%

-30.40%

2.90%

-69.60%

-5.90%

deltona-daytona beach-ormond beach, fl

1.40%

-30.10%

4

5.40%

-18.10%

1.10%

-41.10%

-1.30%

denver-aurora-lakewood, co

9.00%

-31.30%

0

0.00%

-17.30%

2.50%

-43.30%

-2.60%

des moines-west des moines, ia

0.00%

-26.20%

1

1.60%

-8.00%

1.90%

-22.50%

0.40%

detroit-warren-dearborn, mi

5.80%

-34.60%

2

5.60%

-29.70%

0.80%

-53.30%

-3.00%

durham-chapel hill, nc

7.50%

-30.70%

2

3.50%

-16.50%

1.80%

-25.60%

0.40%

el paso, tx

13.10%

-45.00%

3

4.80%

-40.80%

0.60%

-52.90%

-0.60%

fresno, ca

-0.10%

-54.20%

-8

-16.70%

-38.50%

3.40%

-70.10%

-3.10%

grand rapids-wyoming, mi

5.10%

-34.40%

10

27.80%

-28.50%

1.20%

-58.60%

-3.50%

greensboro-high point, nc

10.40%

-37.20%

-2

-3.30%

-24.10%

1.90%

-42.20%

-0.70%

greenville-anderson-mauldin, sc

4.30%

-31.20%

8

14.30%

-27.60%

0.50%

-30.60%

0.00%

harrisburg-carlisle, pa

13.70%

-47.90%

-18

-31.60%

-15.10%

4.90%

-55.80%

-1.70%

hartford-west hartford-east hartford, ct

4.90%

-29.70%

-12

-22.20%

-15.10%

1.40%

-57.50%

-2.50%

houston-the woodlands-sugar land, tx

3.00%

-27.00%

1

1.90%

-18.00%

1.00%

-45.70%

-2.40%

indianapolis-carmel-anderson, in

5.40%

-39.60%

0

0.00%

-19.10%

3.30%

-53.80%

-3.00%

jackson, ms

16.90%

-35.80%

-1

-1.20%

-22.60%

1.20%

-43.80%

-1.00%

jacksonville, fl

1.60%

-27.50%

-2

-2.90%

-17.70%

0.90%

-48.10%

-2.90%

kansas city, mo-ks

11.80%

-44.50%

5

10.00%

-35.50%

1.70%

-61.50%

-3.20%

knoxville, tn

7.10%

-42.60%

-4

-6.40%

-29.00%

1.90%

-43.80%

-0.30%

lakeland-winter haven, fl

2.50%

-13.00%

10

15.20%

8.80%

1.80%

-21.40%

-0.80%

las vegas-henderson-paradise, nv

4.90%

-13.80%

3

6.50%

-18.10%

-0.40%

-55.90%

-5.50%

little rock-north little rock-conway, ar

15.10%

-42.30%

-12

-20.00%

-25.40%

2.40%

-54.60%

-2.10%

los angeles-long beach-anaheim, ca

24.90%

-22.30%

9

19.60%

-18.90%

0.50%

-54.20%

-3.20%

louisville/jefferson county, ky-in

3.60%

-46.10%

1

2.30%

-40.30%

1.20%

-57.90%

-1.90%

madison, wi

6.40%

-31.90%

0

0.00%

-17.00%

2.40%

-57.10%

-4.00%

mcallen-edinburg-mission, tx

8.00%

-37.20%

14

15.90%

-12.50%

1.50%

-53.80%

-1.00%

memphis, tn-ms-ar

11.60%

-45.10%

-1

-1.90%

-38.90%

1.20%

-40.70%

0.40%

miami-fort lauderdale-west palm beach, fl

-0.60%

-11.30%

25

26.30%

-3.30%

0.50%

-26.90%

-0.90%

milwaukee-waukesha-west allis, wi

3.10%

-35.90%

9

23.10%

-29.80%

1.20%

-46.90%

-1.70%

minneapolis-st. paul-bloomington, mn-wi

5.70%

-25.60%

3

8.10%

-19.30%

1.00%

-49.30%

-2.50%

nashville-davidson--murfreesboro--franklin, tn

4.00%

-22.30%

-3

-8.30%

-2.60%

2.70%

-42.80%

-2.50%

new haven-milford, ct

3.90%

-29.90%

-16

-27.60%

6.40%

3.00%

-62.20%

-2.90%

new orleans-metairie, la

6.80%

-27.10%

6

9.00%

-17.30%

0.90%

-17.90%

0.70%

new york-newark-jersey city, ny-nj-pa

5.40%

-16.10%

3

4.80%

14.30%

2.30%

-42.80%

-2.00%

north port-sarasota-bradenton, fl

1.30%

-24.90%

7

7.50%

6.80%

2.20%

-13.30%

0.70%

oklahoma city, ok

12.60%

-31.20%

-1

-2.20%

-36.50%

-0.70%

-40.00%

-1.10%

omaha-council bluffs, ne-ia

6.00%

-31.80%

16

50.00%

-26.20%

1.10%

-55.20%

-3.10%

orlando-kissimmee-sanford, fl

-0.60%

-16.60%

5

8.60%

-7.60%

0.90%

-30.10%

-1.40%

oxnard-thousand oaks-ventura, ca

11.90%

-39.20%

1

2.10%

-20.50%

3.00%

-57.80%

-2.90%

palm bay-melbourne-titusville, fl

0.30%

-30.60%

7

11.90%

-22.90%

0.80%

-38.90%

-1.10%

philadelphia-camden-wilmington, pa-nj-de-md

17.60%

-44.00%

-12

-20.70%

-20.00%

3.50%

-55.80%

-2.10%

phoenix-mesa-scottsdale, az

7.40%

-44.70%

-5

-9.10%

-19.50%

4.10%

-61.40%

-3.80%

pittsburgh, pa

24.00%

-31.70%

-4

-6.80%

-19.00%

1.50%

-36.30%

-0.70%

portland-south portland, me

11.30%

-38.40%

-3

-6.00%

-14.90%

3.40%

-68.50%

-3.50%

portland-vancouver-hillsboro, or-wa

5.20%

-39.90%

5

12.50%

-27.40%

2.30%

-35.30%

0.50%

providence-warwick, ri-ma

12.60%

-46.10%

0

0.00%

-25.60%

3.70%

-63.10%

-2.40%

raleigh, nc

2.20%

-33.00%

-3

-5.40%

-2.40%

3.80%

-54.10%

-3.00%

richmond, va

7.40%

-35.30%

3

6.00%

-21.50%

2.10%

-57.00%

-2.70%

riverside-san bernardino-ontario, ca

7.40%

-49.40%

0

0.00%

-26.40%

3.80%

-68.40%

-3.10%

rochester, ny

8.60%

-33.70%

-6

-16.70%

-9.90%

4.20%

-49.70%

-2.00%

sacramento--roseville--arden-arcade, ca

5.20%

-41.60%

-2

-4.90%

-28.40%

2.70%

-58.80%

-3.20%

salt lake city, ut

12.70%

-42.40%

0

0.00%

-28.60%

3.10%

-59.60%

-3.30%

san antonio-new braunfels, tx

3.10%

-30.30%

6

11.50%

-18.80%

1.40%

-45.00%

-2.00%

san diego-carlsbad, ca

11.60%

-41.60%

-2

-4.90%

-23.60%

3.40%

-56.60%

-2.60%

san francisco-oakland-hayward, ca

15.40%

-14.20%

-2

-5.70%

-12.30%

0.30%

-23.80%

-0.80%

san jose-sunnyvale-santa clara, ca

7.90%

-30.60%

-4

-10.50%

-14.50%

3.00%

-49.30%

-3.10%

scranton--wilkes-barre--hazleton, pa

12.10%

-47.60%

3

4.40%

-36.40%

1.10%

-60.00%

-1.70%

seattle-tacoma-bellevue, wa

3.80%

-17.70%

-6

-14.60%

-0.80%

2.70%

-58.30%

-5.90%

spokane-spokane valley, wa

12.90%

-39.20%

2

5.10%

-29.50%

2.10%

-54.60%

-2.20%

springfield, ma

20.30%

-44.80%

4

8.90%

-35.20%

1.90%

-58.80%

-2.50%

st. louis, mo-il

10.80%

-33.20%

4

6.90%

-20.80%

1.70%

-47.10%

-2.00%

stockton-lodi, ca

2.50%

-55.60%

8

20.00%

-28.40%

6.10%

-74.50%

-5.30%

syracuse, ny

0.30%

-41.00%

4

7.60%

-35.00%

0.90%

-55.40%

-2.10%

tampa-st. petersburg-clearwater, fl

5.30%

-36.70%

1

1.70%

-17.10%

2.40%

-43.40%

-1.20%

toledo, oh

11.80%

-33.70%

-9

-18.80%

-0.60%

4.30%

4.00%

3.90%

tucson, az

14.10%

-44.90%

2

3.80%

-34.70%

1.80%

-62.50%

-2.70%

tulsa, ok

20.70%

-37.40%

-5

-8.80%

-21.70%

2.00%

-41.60%

-0.70%

urban honolulu, hi

-11.30%

30.30%

21

37.50%

-14.40%

-2.70%

-35.80%

-2.80%

virginia beach-norfolk-newport news, va-nc

10.00%

-40.90%

-10

-17.90%

-13.00%

3.40%

-65.20%

-2.70%

washington-arlington-alexandria, dc-va-md-wv

11.60%

-41.90%

-10

-23.80%

-12.50%

5.30%

-55.00%

-2.20%

wichita, ks

23.10%

-42.70%

7

14.00%

-30.70%

2.00%

-47.30%

-0.80%

winston-salem, nc

12.90%

-41.00%

2

3.10%

-15.50%

3.30%

-34.10%

0.50%

worcester, ma-ct

11.20%

-46.50%

-5

-10.40%

-22.80%

4.20%

-70.80%

-4.10%

youngstown-warren-boardman, oh-pa

2.50%

-44.90%

-3

-4.60%

-17.00%

3.40%

-52.70%

-1.60%


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