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April home sales cooler than typical U.S. spring season

Staff Writer |
The brisk start to the 2017 home-selling season slowed down in April with home sales dropping 4.1% below March and 4.5% below the previous April, according to this month's RE/MAX National Housing Report.

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The average number of Days on Market declined for the third consecutive month and April's 57 days set a new low for April in the report's nine-year history.

The Median Sales Price of $226,000 was the highest price for any April and marked the 13th consecutive month of year-over-year price increases.

Months Supply of Inventory, which dropped below 3 months in March for the first time in the report's history, was 2.8. A months supply of less than 6.0 is considered a seller's market.

Inventory was down 17.6% from April 2016. This is the 102nd consecutive month of year-over-year declines dating back to October 2008.

More than three quarters of the report's 53 metro areas saw April home sales decline year-over-year.

By contrast, March posted a 6.6% year-over-year spike in sales. Even so, April saw homes sell for more than they did in March in 81% of the markets, while 92% of the markets saw higher year-over-year sale prices.


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