Buyers Contend With Record-High List Prices

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The median listing price for homes nationwide reached an all-time record in June,® reports. List prices soared to a median of $299,000 this month, as a shortage of homes for sale and high buyer demand continued to push asking prices higher.

“Limited options, fast-selling properties, and escalating home prices have been a persistent challenge for would-be buyers,”® notes in its June 2018 monthly housing trend report.

On average, homes sold in 54 days in June. Inventories increased 4 percent month over month, which is a typical seasonal increase, the report notes. On an annual basis, however, inventory is 4 percent lower.

Of the 100 largest markets, the following six saw listings spend 30 days or less on the market on average:

  • San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif.: 23 days on market
  • Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Wash.: 24 days on market
  • San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, Calif.: 25 days on market
  • Omaha-Council Bluffs, Neb.: 26 days on market
  • Salt Lake City, Utah: 26 days on market
  • Colorado Springs, Colo.: 30 days on market

“The pace of sales in the early days of summer continues to be as fierce and unforgiving as it’s ever been, especially for entry-level buyers,” says Javier Vivas, director of economic research for®. “On the bright side, buyers saw more new listings hit the market than they saw last June, causing inventory to drop at a slower rate. However, much of the new inventory is composed of higher-priced, newer and larger homes, forcing a very hungry pool of buyers to adjust their budgets.”

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