As sales prices surge, housing affordability continues to decline, despite historically low interest rates. According to the National Association of REALTORS® Housing Affordability Index, the median family income increased by only 1.2% in May, while the monthly mortgage payment rose to $1,204, a 20% gain compared to a year ago. Homeowners are allocating more of their income toward their mortgage, putting additional strain on consumers’ pocketbooks amid rising inflation, as the Consumer Price Index jumped 5.4% in the year through June, according to the Labor Department, the largest year-over-year gain since August 2008.
In the Twin Cities region, for the week ending July 10:
- New Listings decreased 7.8% to 1,751
- Pending Sales decreased 30.1% to 1,103
- Inventory decreased 32.6% to 6,709
For the month of June:
- Median Sales Price increased 14.8% to $350,000
- Days on Market decreased 52.4% to 20
- Percent of Original List Price Received increased 4.5% to 104.1%
- Months Supply of Homes For Sale decreased 42.9% to 1.2
All comparisons are to 2020
Click here for the full Weekly Market Activity Report. From MAAR Market Data News.