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Realtors: Competition fuels New York housing market in August


Thu, Sep 24th 2020 11:55 am

With pending sales remaining at high levels, combined with low housing inventory, the current competitive bidding market continued in August, according to the housing report released Wednesday by the New York State Association of REALTORS.

While adhering to COVID-19 guidance, new listings rose 17.6% in the Empire State, from 18,207 homes to 21,408 units in year-over-year comparisons. Pending sales jumped from 12,753 in August 2019 to 17,913 last month – a 40.5% increase from a year ago. Year-to-date, pending sales are still down 1.9% from 2019.

Housing inventory continued to be low in New York state in August. The number of homes for sale fell 20.8% from 66,426 units in August 2019 to 52,595 homes this year. Months’ supply of inventory dropped off 19.3% – from 5.7 months to 4.6 months – compared to the same time last year. A 6 month to 6.5 month supply is considered to be a balanced market.

Closed sales dropped from 14,079 units in August 2019 to 12,006 this year – a 14.7% decrease. The statewide median sales price of $309,175 in August represented a gain of 7.7% compared to a $287,000 median price last year at the same time.

Mortgage rates continue to fall, aiding the strong housing market. According to Freddie Mac, the monthly average on a 30-year fixed rate mortgage in August fell to 2.94%. The 30-year fixed rate has not been this low since Freddie Mac began tracking mortgage rates in 1971.

Additional data is available at http://www.nysar.com/industry-resources/market-data.

Editor’s Note: All data is compiled from multiple listing services in the state of New York and the data include townhomes, condominiums and existing single-family homes.

The New York State Association of REALTORS is a not-for-profit trade organization representing more than 60,000 of New York state’s real estate professionals. The term Realtor is a registered trademark, which identifies real estate professionals who subscribe to a strict code of ethics as members of the National Association of REALTORS. These Realtors are also members of the New York State Association of REALTORS as well as their local board or association of Realtors.

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