The median home price rose 13.3%, up for the 115th consecutive month.

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reports existing home sales rose 7.0% percent in September. 

Key Details

  • Existing-home sales on a seasonally adjusted annual rate rose 7% in September from August, with all regions showing an increase.
  • Total housing inventory at the end of September amounted to 1.27 million units, down 0.8% from August and down 13.0% from one year ago (1.46 million). 
  • From one year ago, the inventory of unsold homes decreased 13% to 1.27 million – equivalent to 2.4 months of the monthly sales pace. 
  • First-time buyers accounted for 28% of sales in September, down from 29% in August and 31% in September 2020. 
  • Individual investors or second-home buyers, who account for many cash sales, purchased 13% of homes in September, down from 15% in August but up from 12% in September 2020. All-cash sales accounted for 23% of transactions in September, up from both 22% in August and from 18% in September 2020.

Median Price 

  • The median existing-home price for all housing types in September was $352,800, up 13.3% from September 2020 ($311,500). 
  • This marks 115 straight months of year-over-year increases.

Houses are too expensive for most. Home price inflation does not show up in the CPI. Nor do stock market or junk bond bubbles constitute inflation.

Once again, people have become convinced that prices only go up and no price is too high to pay.

Case-Shiller Home Price Index

Median home price is not a good measure because it does not factor in location or the size of the home. 

This material is based upon information that Sitka Pacific Capital Management considers reliable and endeavors to keep current, Sitka Pacific Capital Management does not assure that this material is accurate, current or complete, and it should not be relied upon as such.

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