10-Year Review: How’s Housing Really Doing?

The housing market has made some strides in recent months, but how has it performed compared to 10 years ago? Has the real estate market really dug itself out of the housing crisis?

The National Association of REALTORS® on its Economists’ Outlook blog recently used the latest October housing data to compare existing home sales, median sales prices, and inventory figures to those from 10 years ago. Researchers used the 10-year October average, an average of the data from the past 10 Octobers, to gauge how current market conditions stack up.

Home sales

Leader: October 2014

The number of homes sold was higher in October 2014 than the 10-year October average. That particularly holds true in the Midwest and South. The Northeast and West were the only regions in the country to show current sales below the 10-year October average.

Home prices

Leader: October 2014

The median home price is currently higher than the 10-year October average in all regions except the Northeast. “The median price year-over-year percentage change shows home prices struggling from 2006 to 2011,” NAR economists note on the blog. “Since then home prices began to improve, however, price growth has been decelerating over the last year.” The best price percentage increases occurred in 2005, except in the West, which had its best gains in 2012, NAR economists note. For October 2014, the Midwest had the highest year-over-year price percentage change compared with the other three regions of the United States.


Leader: 10-year October average

Home buyers had more options in the past. There was a higher inventory of homes for sale in the 10-year October average than what’s currently available. The nation saw the fastest pace of homes sold relative to inventory in 2004, while 2007 marked the slowest pace, with the months’ supply climbing to 10.6. The 10-year October average months’ supply is 7.2, compared with October 2014, which was at a 5.1 months’ supply.

Source: “October 2014 EHS Data vs. the Ten-Year October Average,” The National Association of REALTORS® Economists’ Outlook Blog (Dec. 2, 2014)

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