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Housing Inventory May 23rd Update: Inventory UP 8.2% Week-over-week

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by Calculated Risk on 5/23/2022 09:19:00 AM

Altos reports inventory is up year-over-year!

Inventory usually declines in the winter, and then increases in the spring. Inventory bottomed seasonally at the beginning of March 2022 and is now up 43% since then.

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This inventory graph is courtesy of Altos Research.

As of May 20th, inventory was at 344 thousand (7-day average), compared to 318 thousand the prior week. Inventory was up 8.2% from the previous week.

Inventory is still very low. Compared to the same week in 2021, inventory is up 6.4% from 324 thousand, however compared to the same week in 2020, and inventory is down 52.5% from 724 thousand. Compared to 3 years ago, inventory is down 63.3% from 938 thousand.

Here are the inventory milestones I’m watching for with the Altos data:

1. The seasonal bottom (happened on March 4th for Altos) ?

2. Inventory up year-over-year (happened on May 13th for Altos) ?

3. Inventory up compared to two years ago (currently down 52.5% according to Altos)

4. Inventory up compared to 2019 (currently down 63.3%).

Here is a graph of the inventory change year-over-year and vs two years ago (milestone 3 above).
The blue line is the year-over-year data, and the red line is compared to two years ago.
Inventory is now up year-over-year. Two years ago (in 2020) inventory was declining all year, so the two-year comparison will get easier all year.
Mike Simonsen discusses this data regularly on Youtube.

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