DENVER — June created the perfect trifecta for a hot housing market: June home sales and prices both set report records, while inventory grew for the first time in 15 months.
The month of June, typically the biggest month of the year for home sales, saw sales soar 14.2% over a strong May and top all other months in the 13-year history of the report, which spans 53 metro markets. The Median Sales Price of $336,000 was also a report record, eclipsing the previous record of $320,000 – set in April and tied in May – by 4.9%.
The number of homes for sale, meanwhile, grew 1.9% over May – the first increase since March 2020. Inventory, however, still remained 37.5% below June 2020 levels.
“June saw a unique case of supply and demand rising in unison, thanks to an uptick in sellers listing their homes for sale – a very welcome sign for frustrated buyers,” said Nick Bailey, President, RE/MAX, LLC.“People are relocating as companies and individuals make long-term decisions about remote work and getting back to the office. Also, sellers appear to be more confident about finding another home after they sell their current one. If these trends continue, inventory levels should keep growing.”
With year-over-year comparisons skewed by the pandemic, May-to-June averages for 2015-2019 are helpful in illustrating what’s typical at this time of year. June has been the top month for home sales in four of the past six years:
Top Months for Home Sales*
2020**: July, Aug., Oct., Sept.
2019: May, July, June, Aug.
2018: June, May, Aug., July
2017: June, May, Aug., July
2016: June, Aug., May, July
2015: June, July, Aug., May
* The four months for each year are listed in order of most sales
**Stay-at-home orders were in place in many states in the spring and summer
June’s average Days on Market of 24 was four days less than May’s and represented a faster sale by 21 days compared to June 2020. June’s 1.1 Months Supply of Inventory compares to 1.2 in May and 2.2 year over year.
Highlights and the local markets leading various metrics for June include:
Of the 53 metro areas surveyed in June 2021, the overall average number of home sales is up 14.2% compared to May 2021, and up 26.4% compared to June 2020. Leading the year-over-year sales percentage increases were Honolulu, HI at +92.3%, New York, NY at +80.6%, and Miami, FL at +78.4%.
Median Sales Price – Median of 53 metro median prices
In June 2021, the median of all 53 metro Median Sales Prices was $336,000, up 4.9% compared to May 2021, and up 21.9% from June 2020. Fifty-one metro areas increased year-over-year by double-digit percentages, led by Boise, ID at +38.0%, Augusta, ME at +34.7%, and Phoenix, AZ at +30.1%. No metro areas saw a year-over-year decrease in Median Sales Price.
Days on Market – Average of 53 metro areas
The average Days on Market for homes sold in June 2021 was 24, down four days from the average in May 2021, and down 21 days from the average in June 2020. The metro areas with the lowest Days on Market were Cincinnati, OH at 9 and Nashville, TN at 11 followed by a four-way tie at 12 among Boise, ID, Seattle, WA, Denver, CO, and Omaha, NE. The highest Days on Market averages were in Miami, FL at 80, Des Moines, IA at 73, and New York, NY at 67. Days on Market is the number of days between when a home is first listed in an MLS and a sales contract is signed.
Months Supply of Inventory – Average of 53 metro areas
The number of homes for sale in June 2021 was up 1.9% from May 2021 and down 37.5% from June 2020. Based on the rate of home sales in June 2021, the Months Supply of Inventory decreased to 1.1 compared to 1.2 in May 2021, and decreased compared to 2.2 in June 2020. A six months supply indicates a market balanced equally between buyers and sellers. In June 2021, of the 53 metro areas surveyed, zero metro areas reported a months supply at or over six. The lowest Months Supply of Inventory was a five-way tie among Albuquerque, NM; Raleigh-Durham, NC; Manchester, NH; Denver, CO; and Seattle, WA at 0.5.