By the Numbers

New residential sales fall in April as home prices, mortgage rates continue to climb 

The rate of new single-family home sales fell 16.6% from March’s revised number, while the median sales price jumped to $450,600 from March’s revised median house price of $435,000. 

“Unusual” market in April as home sales slow, but listed homes still sell quickly and at high prices

The inventory of unsold homes increased in April, while the median existing-home sales price rose, according to the National Association of REALTORS®.

Single-family home construction slows for second month in a row as apartment starts jump 

“Builders are responding to higher mortgage rates and are chasing rising rents, with fewer homebuyers and more renters being forced to renew their leases.” — NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun 

NAHB: Builder confidence plunges in May on affordability concerns 

The release of the monthly survey from the National Association of Home Builders comes as the Biden Administration unveiled a housing-supply action plan that aims to boost the supply of affordable apartments and new homes. 

Mortgage applications rise for second week despite historically high rates 

Despite a slow start to the spring homebuying season, prospective buyers are showing some resiliency in the face of higher mortgage rates, as seen by two weeks in a row of increasing loan applications. 

Smaller markets lead the way in Q1 home-price gains; Dallas sees 21.8% rise 

Seventy percent of the 185 metros surveyed by the National Association of REALTORS® saw double-digit price gains in the first quarter, compared to 66% in the preceding period. 

Mortgage applications fall as rates hit 13-year high 

Overall mortgage-application volume was at its lowest level since 2018, the Mortgage Bankers Association said.

New-home sales fall again in March 

Low inventory and rising interest rates have reduced prospective homebuyer purchasing power. 

NAR data shows another dip in existing-home sales 

Rising interest rates and home prices have taken a toll on would-be homebuyers’ purchasing power, leading to increased inventory and another monthly slowdown in sales. 

Overall new-home construction rises in March despite slowdown in single-family

Single-family home starts declined compared to February, while new apartment construction was up, according to government statistics.

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