by Calculated Risk on 12/20/2021 10:07:00 AM
Tracking existing home inventory is very important this year and in 2022.
Inventory usually declines sharply over the holidays – so we will likely see new record lows in the next few weeks.
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This inventory graph is courtesy of Altos Research.
As of December 17th, inventory was at 326 thousand (7-day average), compared to 454 thousand for the same week a year ago. That is a decline of 28.2%. Inventory is down 3.9% from last week.
Compared to the same week in 2019, inventory is down 59.5% from 804 thousand. A week ago, inventory was at 339 thousand, and was down 27.7% YoY.
Seasonally, inventory bottomed in April (usually inventory bottoms in January or February). Inventory last week was about 6.3% above the record low set-in early April.
Inventory peaked for the year in early September, when inventory was at 437 thousand (the peak for the year), so inventory is currently off about 25.5% from the peak for the year.