2012 Housing Recovery is Real; Shrinking Inventory Reducing Sales

2012 Housing Recovery is Real; Shrinking Inventory Reducing Sales

(REMAX) -- Both home prices and home sales in September continued at levels higher than last year, according to the RE/MAX National Housing report, a survey of MLS data in 52 metropolitan areas. For the eighth consecutive month, September’s median home price was higher than
the previous year. Median prices rose 7.8% from September 2011.

Home sales followed a seasonal pattern and dropped lower than levels seen in August, but maintained a level 0.5% higher than sales last year.
Inventory was 29.1% below September 2011 and may have contributed to the drop in sales from August. While low inventories are creating  bidding wars in some markets, they also have resulted in prices moving higher.

“Now that the summer buying season is behind us, we can clearly see that the market made a significant rebound, and 2012 is definitely the year of the housing recovery,” said Margaret Kelly, CEO of RE/MAX, LLC.

“Although we still face some serious obstacles in tight lending and shrinking inventory, we believe that the housing market will continue to recover into 2013.”


Of all the homes sold in September in the 52 metro areas included in the RE/MAX Housing Survey, the Median Sales Price was $164,989, only 0.7% higher than the August median, but 7.8% higher than September 2011. This marks the eighth month in a row with higher prices than a year ago. Prices peaked this summer in June, but still remained higher than 2011 in July, August and September. Of the 52 metro areas surveyed for the September RE/MAX National Housing Report, an impressive 44 reported prices higher than last year, with 21 metro areas experienced double-digit gains including: Phoenix, AZ +33.3%, Miami, FL +23.1%, Atlanta, GA +23.0%, San Francisco, CA +22.7%, Detroit, MI +20.0%, and Boise +16.3%