What's Happening In The Market?
Please note: this SFAR data is for August 2021
The booming U.S. housing market has spilled over to the rental market, which has seen demand for apartment and single-family rentals skyrocket this year, as high sales prices and an inadequate supply of available housing have forced many prospective buyers to rent for the foreseeable future. Increased demand for housing, along with an improving economy, has competition for rental units soaring, and landlords are taking note, with the national median rent increasing 11.4% in 2021 so far, according to Apartment List.
New Listings were down 38.1 percent for single family homes and 53.5 percent for Condo/TIC/Coop properties. Pending Sales decreased 4.7 percent for single family homes and 3.4 percent for Condo/TIC/Coop properties.
The Median Sales Price was up 13.8 percent to $1,850,000 for single family homes but decreased 5.0 percent to $1,150,000 for Condo/TIC/Coop properties. Months Supply of Inventory decreased 61.2 percent for single family units and 67.0 percent for Condo/TIC/Coop units.
In new construction, home builders continue to struggle to meet buyer demand, as housing starts nationwide dropped 7% last month, according to the Commerce Department. Single-family home construction declined 4.5%, and multi-family home construction, which includes condos and apartment buildings, was also down, falling by 13%. Labor shortages, rising material costs, and supply-chain setbacks continue to challenge builders, with some projects temporarily paused due to availability and cost of materials.