Wisconsin Home Sales Down in August
Housing market getting tighter in urban areas.
Wisconsin home sales saw a drop in August after a sales increase the previous month.
The latest report from the Wisconsin Realtors Association found 9,045 sales of existing homes in August, down 2.1 percent from sales in August 2018.
The ongoing decline in home listings continues to hamper sales.
The decline in inventory, coupled with continued high demand, pushed up home prices again in August.
The median home price rose 9 percent last month to $206,000.
“In normal types of circumstances, that would cause demand to trail off,” he said. “What’s been our saving grace has been the fact that these mortgage rates have been falling, and so they’ve kept our homes relatively affordable.”
In all, home sales for the first months of 2019 are down 3.2 percent compared to the same period last year.
Clark said it’s unlikely the market will see enough sales in the rest of the year to catch up to 2018’s figures, now that the busiest months of the home buying year have passed.
“As you get into October, November and December, the sales activity fall off,” he said. “You would have to exceed last year’s sales figures quite a bit to make up the gap that currently exists between 2018 and 2019. With that said, I think it’s going to be close.”
Wisconsin Home Sales Dip In August After July Bump was originally published by Wisconsin Public Radio.