During the third quarter, the national median existing single-family home price in the third quarter was $280,200, up 5.1 percent from $266,500 in the third quarter of 2018 ($266,500). Ninety-six out of the 178 metro markets saw price gains of five percent or higher and 10 metro areas experienced double-digit increases, most notably Montgomery, Ala. (12.6 percent), Spokane, Wash. (12.6 percent) and Salt Lake City (12 percent). California’s San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara metro had the greatest median home price decline (-4.6 percent) and the most expensive housing market with a $1.24 million median existing single-family price.
“Incremental price increases are to be expected, but the housing market has been seeing reacceleration in home prices as more buyers want to take on lower interest rates in the midst of insufficient supply,” said Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist. “Unfortunately, income and wages are not rising as fast and will make it difficult to buy once rates rise.”
According to NAR, September’s pending home sales data
marked a second consecutive month of increases, as the Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI) for September was up by 1.5 percent to 108.7, while year-over-year activity was up by 3.9 percent.