In its continued effort to curb inflation, the Federal Reserve raised its benchmark interest rate in February by a quarter-percentage point to 4.50% - 4.75%, its 8th rate hike since March of last year, when the interest rate was nearly zero. Mortgage interest rates have dipped slightly from their peak last fall, leading pending sales to increase 8.1% month-to-month as of last measure, but affordability constraints continue to limit homebuyer activity overall, with existing-home sales declining for the twelfth consecutive month, according to the National Association of Realtors® (NAR).
New Listings decreased 45.3 percent for Single Family homes and 55.6 percent for Condominium homes. Pending Sales decreased 35.7 percent for Single Family homes and 54.2 percent for Condominium homes. Inventory increased 21.6 percent for Single Family homes and 36.4 percent for Condominium homes.
Median Sales Price decreased 2.1 percent to $1,076,500 for Single Family homes but increased 24.3 percent to $908,000 for Condominium homes. Days on Market decreased 12.1 percent for Single Family homes but increased 21.6 percent for Condominium homes. Months Supply of Inventory increased 90.5 percent for Single Family homes and 155.6 percent for Condominium homes.
With buyer demand down from peak levels, home price growth has continued to slow nationwide, although prices remain up from a year ago. Sellers have been increasingly cutting prices and offering sales incentives in an attempt to attract buyers, who have continued to struggle with affordability challenges this winter. The slight decline in mortgage rates earlier this year convinced some buyers to come off the sidelines, but with rates ticking up again in recent weeks, buyers are once again pulling back, causing sales activity to remain down heading into spring.
All data from the REALTORS® Association of Maui, Inc. Report © 2022 ShowingTime.
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