April 2020 Market Review
While the stock market recovered significantly in March, the effects of COVID- 19 to the economy continue to build. In just the last four weeks, more than 20 million people filed initial unemployment claims according to the United States Department of Labor, fueled by stay at home orders and a slowdown of economic activity across the country. Added to the unemployment claims from March, more than 30 million people have become unemployed since COVID-19 has become widespread in the U.S. In the face of these challenging times, real estate activity in April slowed significantly. Closed Sales decreased 31.1 percent for Detached homes and 32.6 percent for Attached homes. Pending Sales decreased 40.0 percent for Detached homes and 45.2 percent for Attached homes. Inventory decreased 38.0 percent for Detached homes and 18.0 percent for Attached homes. The Median Sales Price was up 4.4 percent to $680,000 for Detached homes and 4.2 percent to $437,000 for Attached homes. Days on Market decreased 33.3 percent for Detached homes and 27.6 percent for Attached homes. Supply decreased 38.5 percent for Detached homes and 17.4 percent for Attached homes. While the effect of COVID-19 continues to vary widely across the country, it is expected that social distancing, higher unemployment, and lower overall economic activity is likely to continue to constrain real estate activity in the near term. At the same time, the industry is adapting to the current environment by conducting business using technologies such as virtual showings and e-signing to help buyers and sellers with their housing needs in the face of these challenges.
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