March Housing Trends Provide First Glimpse of COVID-19 Impact on U.S. Housing Market

– Signs of softening price growth and slower buyer activity began to emerge in last two weeks of March despite an overall decrease in inventory, higher listing prices and fewer days on market

– Nationally, the number of homes for sale declined 15.7 percent year-over-year

– National median listing price grew 3.8 percent to $320,000

– Homes sold in a median of 60 days across the U.S., four days faster than a year ago

– Weekly data showed inventory declines hitting a low and softening; listing prices growing at slowest pace this year

Santa Clara, CA – April 2, 2020 (PRNewswire) The U.S. housing market began to show signs of slowing in the second half of March as the year-over-year decline in inventory softened, the number of newly listed properties declined and prices decelerated compared to earlier in the month, according to®‘s March Housing Trends Report released today. The monthly report provides the first data-based glimpse into the impact the COVID-19 pandemic could have on residential real estate as the market enters the spring home-buying season.

Due to the strong start to the month, the total number of homes for sale in March overall declined 15.7 percent from the same time a year ago, a faster rate of decline compared to the 15.3 percent drop in February. This amounts to 191,000 fewer homes for sale year-over-year. The impact of COVID-19 materialized in the latter half of March. While the last full week of February showed inventory declining by 16.8 percent — the largest year-over-year decrease since April 2015, the weeks ending March 21 and 28, respectively, declined at a slower pace of 15.2 percent each on a year-over-year basis.

“Our inventory and listing data can provide some early insight into how housing markets may be impacted by COVID-19, but the situation and reactions to it are still rapidly evolving,” said® Chief Economist Danielle Hale. “The U.S. housing market had a good start to the year. Despite still-limited homes for sale, buyers were buying and builders were building. The pandemic and virus-fighting measures appear to be disrupting that initial momentum as both buyers and sellers adopt a more cautious posture.”

Although there is not enough movement in weekly data to provide insight into shifts in days on market, the progression of weekly data hints that sellers may be rethinking or postponing their plans to list their home for sale in response to COVID-19. In the weeks ending March 21 and March 28, the volume of newly listed properties decreased by 13.1 percent and 34.0 percent, respectively compared to the prior year. This is in line with recent surveys of agents and consumers that report declining interest among potential homebuyers and homesellers.

While far from foreshadowing price declines, price growth decelerated during the weeks ending March 21 and March 28 as compared to earlier in the first two weeks of the month. During the last two weeks of March, the median U.S. listing price increased by 3.3 percent and 2.5 percent year-over-year respectively, the slowest pace of growth this year, and the slowest since began tracking in 2013.

March Housing Trends

Inventory declines continued to impact the housing market in March. The metros which saw the largest declines in inventory were Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Ariz. (-42.2 percent); Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, Wis. (-36.2 percent); and San Diego-Carlsbad, Calif. (-33.4%). Only Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, Minn.-Wis. (+3.6 percent) saw inventory increase over the year.

Consistent with the first two months of 2020, March saw homes selling more quickly than last year as an early home buying season began in the U.S. The typical home sold in 60 days, four days faster than last year. Properties in Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, Fla.; Pittsburgh and St. Louis, Mo.-Ill.; spent the most time on the market, selling in 86, 78 and 65 days, respectively. Meanwhile, properties in San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif.; Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, Colo.; and Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-Va.-Md.-W. Va., sold most quickly, spending 24, 26 and 29 days on the market, respectively.

Listing prices grew at a slightly decelerating pace of 3.8 percent compared to February’s 3.9 percent. Of the 50 largest metros, 45 continued to see year-over-year gains in median listing prices. Pittsburgh (+17.9 percent); Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, Pa.-N.J.-Del.-Md. (+14.0 percent); and Memphis, Tenn.-Miss.-Ark. (+12.7 percent) posted the highest year-over-year median list price growth in March. The steepest price declines were seen in Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas (-2.7 percent); Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, Minn.-Wis. (-1.4 percent); ; and Houston-The Woodlands-Sugarland, Texas (-1.4 percent).

Metros With Largest Inventory Declines
Listing Price
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Ariz.-42.2%$405,00012.0%4324.6%
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, Wis.-36.2%$327,5002.0%4414.4%
San Diego-Carlsbad, Calif.-33.4%$749,9509.6%3614.0%
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif.-31.4%$1,230,99412.0%248.1%
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, Pa.-
Cincinnati, Ohio-Ky.-Ind.-30.4%$299,95012.6%4815.3%
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, Colo.-30.0%$560,0459.4%2615.9%
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, Calif.-27.6%$424,5504.9%5116.7%
Providence-Warwick, R.I.-Mass.-27.2%$399,9508.9%5011.0%
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Wash.-27.1%$615,0250.7%308.1%
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, N.C.-S.C.-26.7%$350,0003.0%4419.4%
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, Ore.-Wash.-26.3%$480,0000.3%4124.6%
Kansas City, Mo.-Kan.-24.6%$340,0007.1%6316.4%
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-Va.-
Md.-W. Va.
Franklin, Tenn.
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, Calif.-23.0%$960,045N/A5211.5%
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, Md.-22.7%$328,4954.3%4318.3%
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News,
Cleveland-Elyria, Ohio-22.2%$202,4503.4%6016.9%
Rochester, N.Y.-22.1%$235,6459.0%3710.4%
Memphis, Tenn.-Miss.-Ark.-21.7%$243,50012.7%6015.8%
Austin-Round Rock, Texas-20.7%$372,0003.3%4416.5%
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Fla.-20.4%$282,0503.1%5226.2%
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, Nev.-19.7%$335,0507.0%3917.4%
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, N.Y.-19.2%$202,5502.6%5812.0%
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, Calif.-19.0%$960,0006.0%309.2%
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, Ind.-19.0%$280,0002.4%5421.1%
Birmingham-Hoover, Ala.-18.5%$259,9507.3%5714.8%
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, Mass.-N.H.-18.2%$630,0509.6%3211.5%
Oklahoma City, Okla.-17.7%$264,4007.9%4317.6%
Louisville/Jefferson County, Ky.-Ind.-17.4%$272,4950.0%5117.6%
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Fla.-17.4%$322,8055.4%5620.2%
Columbus, Ohio-17.1%$307,2449.3%4017.4%
Pittsburgh, Pa.-17.0%$215,00017.9%7816.4%
St. Louis, Mo.-Ill.-16.9%$230,0003.4%6515.7%
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford,
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, Ga.-15.4%$328,8401.6%4916.8%
Raleigh, N.C.-14.2%$375,0453.8%5018.8%
Richmond, Va.-13.7%$333,3002.5%4715.1%
Jacksonville, Fla.-13.4%$320,0451.7%5820.7%
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach,
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, Mich-11.3%$239,9501.2%4816.8%
New York-Newark-Jersey City, N.Y.-N.J.-
New Orleans-Metairie, La.-9.8%$289,0500.9%6116.6%
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas-9.6%$342,545-2.7%4521.8%
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, Ill.-Ind.-Wis.-8.1%$328,5000.7%4317.2%
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land,
San Antonio-New Braunfels, Texas-2.3%$297,495-0.5%5919.0%
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, Minn.-

*Some data points for Los Angeles have been excluded due to data unavailability.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The economics team is continually tracking the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the U.S. economy and housing market. The team’s reports and analysis are available here.

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NAR Offers Members TeleHealthSM to Realtors® at No Cost in Response to COVID-19 Crisis

Group will fund two months of telemedicine for members who lack access to service

Chicago, IL – April 1, 2020 ( The National Association of Realtors® announced Wednesday that it will be expanding access to Members TeleHealthSM at no cost to its members for those who register before April 15. The program comes as part of NAR’s larger “Right Tools, Right Now” initiative – relaunched on March 27 – which is making numerous valuable resources available to the association’s 1.4 million members at reduced or no cost.

CHICAGO (April 1, 2020) – The National Association of Realtors® announced Wednesday that it will be expanding access to Members TeleHealthSM at no cost to its members for those who register before April 15. The program comes as part of NAR’s larger “Right Tools, Right Now” initiative – relaunched on March 27 – which is making numerous valuable resources available to the association’s 1.4 million members at reduced or no cost.

“While the nation continues to grapple with the COVID-19 crisis, we are doing everything we can to ensure our members and their families can stay safe, healthy and secure,” said NAR CEO Bob Goldberg. “After launching ‘Right Tools, Right Now’ last week, we promised to closely monitor the effects of this pandemic and update the initiative as needed. I’m pleased to announce today the addition of Members TeleHealthSM, a long-term REALTOR Benefits® partner offering, to the RTRN toolkit.”

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Beginning today, NAR is funding two months of services for members who currently lack access to telemedicine and enroll in this program by April 15. Recognizing that the opportunity will likely draw significant interest from its members, NAR has also negotiated a discounted rate for those who wish to retain coverage following the two-month, no-cost period.

 “As we continue to solicit input from our members regarding COVID-19’s impact on their lives and businesses, NAR is grateful to be able to offer expanded access to potentially lifesaving telemedicine services,” said NAR President Vince Malta, broker at Malta & Co., Inc., in San Francisco, CA. “Medical professionals are urging Americans who are sick to stay home, and telemedicine is playing a critical role protecting our communities and our health care workers. We continue to encourage members to limit their exposure and decrease the chance of spreading illnesses to others.”

Through RTRN, which was initially launched during the financial crisis in 2009, Realtors® can also access webinars with tips for managing finances in uncertain times; educational resources to build or hone professional skills; and a free copy of the widely-used Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, among other business-critical resources.

The National Association of Realtors® is America’s largest trade association, representing more than 1.4 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.

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U.S. Ad Revenue Likely to Plummet

Source: Statista

Despite more eyes being glued to screens and content than ever before from people staying home during the COVID-19 outbreak, advertisers are pulling their ads from digital and traditional platforms at a rapid rate.

According to Axios, analysts from the Cowen & Co. investment management company predict Facebook and Google will lose over $40 billion in combined advertising revenue in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. These companies, which operate a huge chunk of advertising space online and on social media, are both projected to fall over 18 percent short of their initial ad revenue forecasts for the year.

A majority of digital ad space is bought by small businesses. With many looking for any ways to cut costs, digital advertising is an area small businesses are scaling back on – especially if they’ve been forced to close their physical retail spaces.

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Infographic: U.S. Ad Revenue Likely to Plummet | Statista

Fannie Mae Releases February 2020 Monthly Summary

WASHINGTON, March 31, 2020 (PRNewswire) Fannie Mae’s (OTCQB: FNMAFebruary 2020 Monthly Summary is now available. The monthly summary report contains information about Fannie Mae’s monthly and year-to-date activities for our gross mortgage portfolio, mortgage-backed securities and other guarantees, interest rate risk measures, serious delinquency rates, and loan modifications.

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