RE/MAX National Housing Report for April 2021
DENVER — On average, April home sales took just 32 days from listing to going under contract, while the Median Sales Price rose to $320,000 – both new records in the 13-year history of the report. These stats, and other key indicators, including a report record April for sales, signal a potentially torrid market going into the traditional peak sales months of May through August.
April home sales in the report’s 53 metro areas were up 5.3% over March, slightly topping the five-year March-to-April average gain of 5.0% from 2015-2019. In contrast, home sales in 2020 dropped 13.7% from March to April as pandemic-related stay-at-home orders were in effect in many states.
Limited inventory remains a primary issue. However, with more homes coming onto the market in April, recent double-digit, month-to-month declines in active inventory dropped to just 2.4% from March to April. Still, year over year, inventory was down 42.2%. Additional context:
• Months Supply of Inventory reached a record low of 1.1, compared to the previous report record of 1.3 in March.
• Home sales were the highest for April in report history and marked the 10th highest month in the past 13 years.
• April’s record low of 32 Days on Market trimmed four days off the previous report record of 36 days set in November 2020 – a significant change from April 2020’s 46 days.
• The Median Sale Price jumped 5.9% over March and was the highest month-to-month increase since 6.2% from May to June 2019.
“Even with rising home prices, super-quick turnarounds, and fierce competition for available listings, April 2021 saw more home sales than any April in at least 13 years. That’s a clear reflection of overwhelming demand and the resilience of today’s buyers,” said Adam Contos, CEO of RE/MAX Holdings, Inc. “The 32 Days on Market average – a report record – is noteworthy, too. Many listings are being snapped up the day they go on sale – or within just a few days. That pace underscores the importance of an experienced professional who can guide you to smart decisions and quick action – on either side of the transaction.”