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Housing Inventory March 7th Update: Inventory Down 1.4% Week-over-week; New Record Low; Possible Bottom

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by Calculated Risk on 3/07/2022 09:42:00 AM

Tracking existing home inventory is very important in 2022.

Inventory usually declines in the winter, and this is anew record low for this series.

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This inventory graph is courtesy of Altos Research.

As of March 4th, inventory was at 241 thousand (7-day average), compared to 318 thousand for the same week a year ago. That is a decline of 24.2%.
A week ago, inventory was at 244 thousand, and was down 24.9% YoY.
Inventory was down 1.4% from the previous week.
Compared to the same week in 2020, inventory is down 66.5% from 720 thousand.
Last year inventory bottomed seasonally in April 2021- very late in the year. An early key in 2022 will be to watch if inventory bottoms earlier this year.

And here is a table of the year-over-year change by week since the beginning of the year. A possible early indicator might be if the YoY decline is less each week.

Week EndingYoY Change12/31/2021-30.0%1/7/2022-26.0%1/14/2022-28.6%1/21/2022-27.1%1/28/2022-25.9%2/4/2022-27.9%2/11/2022-27.5%2/18/2022-25.8%2/25/2022-24.9%3/4/2022-24.2%
Based on the trend, it appears possible inventory bottomed seasonally last week, and will be up week-over-week in the next report.
Mike Simonsen discusses this data regularly on Youtube.

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