State Home Sales Hurt By Pandemic
2020 housing market starts strong, but hits sharp decline due to pandemic.
For the last few years, Wisconsin’s housing market had seen the same pattern, month after month: steady home sales bolstered by strong demand, but hemmed in by a declining number of homes for sale.
Those market conditions were still in place right up until the coronavirus pandemic led to state orders to stay home and shutdowns of vast sectors of the economy.
The March figures largely reflect home sales where contracts were in place in January or February.
“Those are higher by about 22.2 percent,” he said. “And that’s really spiked in the last four to five weeks.”
Clark said like many other industries, the housing sector is largely on hold during the pandemic, with buyers and sellers putting off real estate plans for the time being.
For those who still need to move, realtors are using other methods to sell homes, such as virtual home showings.
“Certainly anyone that goes online can find lots of pictures of available homes,” Clark said.
But, he added, “it’s not necessarily convenient to go kick the tires.”
Rising Wisconsin Home Sales Cut Short By Pandemic was originally published by Wisconsin Public Radio.
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