Realtor.com Reports Weekly Active Inventory Down 4.4% YoY; New Listings Down 6.0% YoY

by Calculated Risk on 9/21/2023 02:00:00 PM

Realtor.com has monthly and weekly data on the existing home market. Here is their weekly report from Sabrina Speianu: Weekly Housing Trends View — Data Week Ending Sep 16, 2023

Active inventory declined, with for-sale homes lagging behind year ago levels by 4.4%.

During the past week, we observed the 13th successive drop in the number of homes available for sale when compared to the previous year. This decline showed a slight improvement compared to the previous week’s -5.1% figure.

New listings–a measure of sellers putting homes up for sale–were down again this week, by 6.0% from one year ago.

Over the past 63 weeks, we’ve consistently seen a decline in the number of newly listed homes compared to the same period one year ago. However, this gap in new listings has been gradually narrowing over the past few weeks. This shift comes as the market recovers from more significant declines experienced last year, which were triggered by the steady increase in mortgage rates affecting the real estate landscape.

In the most recent week, the decrease in newly listed homes was 6.0% compared to the previous year, showing improvement from the 7.1% decline in the week prior.

Realtor YoY Active ListingsHere is a graph of the year-over-year change in inventory according to realtor.com

Inventory was down 4.4% year-over-year – this was the thirteenth consecutive week with a YoY decrease following 58 consecutive weeks with a YoY increase in inventory.  

Inventory is still up from the record lows in the 2nd half of 2021 and early 2022, and it is unlikely we will see new record lows by this measure this year.