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Housing Inventory May 30th Update: Inventory UP 5.7% Week-over-week


by Calculated Risk on 5/30/2022 10:06:00 AM

Altos reports inventory is up 11.4% year-over-year.

Inventory usually declines in the winter, and then increases in the spring. Inventory bottomed seasonally at the beginning of March 2022 and is now up 51% since then.

Click on graph for larger image in graph gallery.

This inventory graph is courtesy of Altos Research.

As of May 27th, inventory was at 364 thousand (7-day average), compared to 344 thousand the prior week. Inventory was up 5.7% from the previous week.

Inventory is still very low. Compared to the same week in 2021, inventory is up 11.4% from 327 thousand, however compared to the same week in 2020 inventory is down 49.4% from 719 thousand. Compared to 3 years ago, inventory is down 61.6% from 948 thousand.

Here are the inventory milestones I’m watching for with the Altos data:

1. The seasonal bottom (happened on March 4th for Altos) ?

2. Inventory up year-over-year (happened on May 13th for Altos) ?

3. Inventory up compared to two years ago (currently down 49.4% according to Altos)

4. Inventory up compared to 2019 (currently down 61.6%).

Here is a graph of the inventory change year-over-year and vs two years ago (milestone 3 above).
The blue line is the year-over-year data, and the red line is compared to two years ago.
Two years ago (in 2020) inventory was declining all year, so the two-year comparison will get easier all year.
Mike Simonsen discusses this data regularly on Youtube.

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