Home Prices In US Cities Down Slightly From Record Highs | inman

Home prices in the nation’s metropolitan markets rose to a median of $266,900 in the third quarter of 2018 – up 4.8 percent from the same time last year – but are slightly down over last quarter’s record high, since the National Association of Realtors (NAR) started tracking the data in 1979.

“Though inventory is more than adequate on the upper-end market, the insufficient supply of low to mid-priced homes in metro markets with strong job growth continues to drive up prices and push prospective buyers out of the market,” NAR’s chief economist, Lawrence Yun said in a news release.

NAR tracks sales and pricing data in 146 of the nation’s largest metros.

In the third quarter of 2018, existing home sales dropped 2.6 percent in quarter three to a seasonally adjusted rate of 5.273 million – which is also slower than the 5.403 million-pace in the third quarter of 2017.

Inventory is up as well, with an average 4.3 months supply, over the 4.2 months supply that was reported last quarter.

“A strong economy and consistent job growth should be driving up home sales; however, would-be homebuyers are struggling to find a home they can afford,” Yun said. “As mortgage rates continue to rise, reaching the decade’s highest rates this quarter, an increase in the supply of affordable homes has become even more important to help temper price growth across the country.”

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