November Housing Market is a ‘Tale of Two Markets’

Larger metros see price cuts; prices continue to grow in smaller, more affordable areas

– Overall, 22 percent of listings saw price reductions

– Inventory increased 4 percent nationally, 9 percent in larger markets

– Average median home price is $293,000, up 9 percent from a year ago

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 30, 2018 – The U.S. housing market showed signs of cooling in many of the nation’s largest metros this month with inventory increases outpacing the rest of the country, listing prices slowing and price cuts increasing. In contrast, smaller, more affordable markets continued to see price gains, according to®’s November housing report released today.

During the month of November, U.S. housing inventory rose 4 percent. However, in the nation’s largest and most expensive metros, inventory increased at a more rapid 9 percent. Seven of the 10 markets posting the largest year-over-year inventory increases are located on the West Coast, five of which are in California.

“The housing market is a Tale of Two Cities as the divergence widens between high-cost, large urban areas, and smaller, more affordable markets,” said Danielle Hale, chief economist for “Buyers in larger metros are seeing more homes on the market and listing prices decline, while those in smaller markets continued to see price increases.”

Nationally, the percentage of listings that saw price reductions increased to 22 percent in November, up from 19 percent a year ago. The increase is being driven by the nation’s largest markets. In fact, 40 of the 45 top markets saw an increase in price reductions. San Jose, Calif., topped the list with the share of price reductions growing by 16 percent, from 17 percent last year to 33 percent in November. It was followed by Indianapolis (+15 percent), Seattle (+12 percent), San Francisco (+9 percent) and San Diego (+9 percent).

Small markets propel 9 percent increase in home prices

The median U.S. listing price grew 9 percent year-over-year to $293,000 in November, down slightly from October, which is in line with the usual seasonal pattern, but higher than last year’s increase of 8 percent.

Of the 45 metros, 35 still saw year over year gains in their median listing price, however only 8 markets outpaced the national growth rate of 9 percent. This indicates that although prices are still increasing nationally, the gains are predominantly from smaller markets. Chattanooga, Tenn. (+17%), Spokane, Wash. (+15%), and Greensboro-High Point, N.C. (+14%) are some of the markets that posted the highest year-over-year median list price growth.

The steepest declines were felt in San Jose, Calif. and Austin, Texas, which were down 4 percent, or $41,000 and $15,000, respectively. Jacksonville, Fla., Nashville, Tenn., Houston, Tampa, Fla., Dallas, and San Francisco also saw declines.

Homes continued to sell at a relatively rapid pace of 71 days on average in November, five days faster than last year.

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