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Housing March 6th Weekly Update: Inventory Decreased 2.6% Week-over-week

Altos reports that active single-family inventory was down 2.6% week-over-week. Usually inventory bottoms in early February, so we’d expect inventory to bottom seasonally soon.
Here are the same week inventory changes for the last five years:
2023: -11.0K
2022: -3.7K 
2021: -11.5K
2020: +1.0K
2019: -1.4K
Click on graph for larger image.

This inventory graph is courtesy of Altos Research.

As of March 3rd, inventory was at 419 thousand (7-day average), compared to 430 thousand the prior week.   

The second graph shows the seasonal pattern for active single-family inventory since 2015.

The red line is for 2023.  The black line is for 2019.  Note that inventory is up from the previous two years (the record low was in 2022), but still well below normal levels.
Inventory was up 74.3% compared to the same week in 2022 (last week it was up 76.2%), and down 48.8% compared to the same week in 2019 (last week down 47.5%). 
A key will be when inventory starts increasing in 2023 – so far inventory has declined about 14.7% over the first nine weeks of 2023.
Mike Simonsen discusses this data regularly on Youtube.

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