Last week’s Existing Home Sales Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows housing sales have dropped by 3.7% compared to the month before. This is the second consecutive month that housing sales have slumped. Some see this as evidence that the red-hot real estate market may be cooling. However, there could also be a simple explanation as to why existing housing sales have slowed – there aren’t enough homes to buy. There are currently 410,000 fewer single-family homes available for sale than there were at this time last year. Here in Tulsa County there is 2,471 fewer home than this time last year and in Creek County there are 197 fewer homes which is almost half of what it was this time last year.
Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist at NAR, explains in the report:
“The sales for March would have been measurably higher, had there been more inventory. Days-on-market are swift, multiple offers are prevalent, and buyer confidence is rising.”
Yun’s insight was supported the next day when the Census Bureau released its Monthly New Residential Sales Report. It shows that newly constructed home sales are up 20.7% over the previous month.
Buyer demand remains strong. With more of the adult population becoming vaccinated and job creation data showing encouraging signs, existing-home inventory is expected to grow in the coming months.
What will this mean for home sales going forward?
Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) have all forecasted that total home sales (existing homes and new construction) will continue their momentum both this year and next. Here’s a graph showing those projections:
Living through a pandemic has caused many to re-evaluate the importance of a home and the value of homeownership. The residential real estate market will benefit from both as we move forward. If you want to take advantage of the amazing real estate market here in Jenks Oklahoma 74037, Bixby Oklahoma 74008, Glenpool Oklahoma 74033, Kiefer Oklahoma 74041, Mounds Oklahoma 74047, Sapulpa Oklahoma 74066, or Tulsa Oklahoma reach out to me Sabrina Shaw, here at Homes by Sabrina brokered by RE/MAX T-Town as we are always glad to help. 918-637-7826
#homesbysabrina #sabrinashawrealtor #oklahomahousingmarket #tulsarealestate #bixbyoklahoma #sapulpaoklahoma #jenksoklahoma #Glenpooloklahoma #kieferoklahoma #moundsoklahoma #sapulpaoklahoma #remaxttown #tulsaoklahoma #918