New listing absorption falls to a seven-year low

The big increase in listings is the first interesting development we’ve seen in the local real estate market in months, so here are a few alternative takes on recent home listing activity.

First up, here’s a chart of new listing absorption. This is a simple look at the ratio of pending sales to new listings. If more homes are going pending in a month than there are being listed, this ratio goes above 100 percent, which is obviously not great for buyers.

As of May, the absorption metric has dropped to 79 percent—its lowest level since June 2011. Interestingly, the rate was at its all-time highest level just last December at 162 percent. The absorption rate typically hits its lowest point of the year in June or July, so seeing it drop this low this fast is highly unusual.

King Co. SFH New Listing Absorption Rate

New Listing Absorption Dropping Rapidly From December High

By request, here are a few alternative takes on recent home listing activity. Since one of the biggest issues driving the current crazy market is a lack of enough home listings, we can get an idea of whether or not there is any relief on the horizon for buyers by looking at listing activity.

First up, here’s a chart I just created: New listing absorption. This is a simple look at the ratio of pending sales to new listings. If more homes are going pending in a month than there are being listed, this ratio goes above 100 percent, which is obviously not great for buyers.

…what’s interesting to me about this chart is that just last December we saw new listing absorption an all-time high of 159%, while as of June it has fallen to almost the lowest level since the market bottomed out in 2011. However, this is obviously a very seasonal metric, and the low point for the year usually comes in June or July, so it would not be surprising if this is the lowest level we see this year.

Will 2015 Be the Bottom for Listings?

Let’s see how listings have been doing in the last couple months. First up, here’s a look at new listings for just the last month, compared to July of every other year, and the same chart but for the last three months combined: New listings had been recovering somewhat in 2013 and 2014, but this […]

Most New Listings Being Immediately Snatched Up

A recent commenter had some questions about inventory: …how much of the “low inventory” story is really a story of “high churn”? …it doesn’t seem like there is really a shortage of inventory, but rather that there is a shortage of stale inventory. Would be really curious to see how how new listing rates for […]

Inventory Growth Continues at a Snail’s Pace

Let’s take a closer look at how listings fared in July of this year compared to years past. First up, here’s a look at how many new listings hit the market in July, comparing July 2014 to July in every year I’ve got data for. New listings maintained the “six-year high” level they set back […]

New Listings Hit a Six-Year High for Month of May

Let’s take a closer look at how listings fared in May of this year compared to years past. First up, here’s a look at how many new listings hit the market in May, comparing May 2014 to May in every year I’ve got data for. New listings hit a six-year high for the month of […]

Listings Growth Anemic in January

Let’s take a closer look at how listings increased (or didn’t) in January. Here’s a view of how inventory has grown so far this year: After improving over the last few months, on-market inventory growth lost some traction in January, falling to the second-lowest level on record when compared to December. Next, here’s how many […]