March 2018 Monthly Indicators March-Monthly-Indicator
New residential real estate activity has been relatively slow in the first quarter of
2018, yet housing is proving its resiliency in a consistently improving economy.
Some markets have had increases in signed contracts, but the vast majority of the
nation continues to experience fewer closed sales and lower inventory compared to
last year at this time. Despite there being fewer homes for sale, buyer demand has
remained strong enough to keep prices on the rise, which should continue for the
New Listings were up 3.9 percent to 774. Pending Sales increased 20.2 percent to
606. Inventory shrank 8.3 percent to 2,189 units.
Prices moved higher as Median Sales Price was up 2.3 percent to $301,870. Days
on Market decreased 9.1 percent to 140 days. Months Supply of Inventory was
down 18.5 percent to 5.3 months, indicating that demand increased relative to
The Federal Reserve raised its key short-term interest rate by .25 percent in March,
citing concerns about inflation. It is the sixth rate increase by the Fed since
December 2015, and at least two more rate increases are expected this year.
Borrowing money will be more expensive, particularly for home equity loans, credit
cards and adjustable rate mortgages, but rising wages and a low national
unemployment rate that has been at 4.1 percent for five months in a row would
seem to indicate that we are prepared for this. And although mortgage rates have
risen to their highest point in four years, they have been quite low for several years.
+ 6.3% + 2.3% - 18.5%
One-Year Change in
Closed Sales One-Year Change in
Median Sales Price One-Year Change in
A research tool provided by the Hilton Head Association of REALTORS®.
Percent changes are calculated using rounded figures.
Days on Market Until Sale
Median Sales Price
Average Sales Price
Percent of List Price Received
Housing Affordability Index
Inventory of Homes for Sale
Months Supply of Inventory
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