Housing Market Update: Homes Are Taking Longer to Sell

Housing Market Update: Homes Are Taking Longer to Sell

Updated on October 26th, 2022

Buyers can now take their time touring and considering homes before making an offer. Still, selection remains very limited despite supply being up, as few homes are being listed and even fewer are selling.

The typical home sold during the four weeks ending July 17 spent 19 days on the market, one day longer than last year. This marks the first time in two years that the median time on market has posted a year-over-year gain. Pending home sales fell more than they have since May 2020, and the total number of homes for sale posted its biggest increase since August 2019, despite fewer homes hitting the market than this time last year. Home sale prices continued to fall, down another 0.6% from the four-week period ending July 10.

“Buyers, who earlier this year had to race to beat the competition, can now take their time touring homes and perhaps even wait to see if sellers drop the price,” said Redfin chief economist Daryl Fairweather. “Still, few homes are being listed, so if your dream house hits the market, you should negotiate hard, now that you have the power to. The value may fall in the near term, but if you plan to live there for five or 10 years you will almost certainly gain home equity over that horizon. Sellers, on the other hand, may want to list sooner rather than later, before prices fall more.”

Leading indicators of homebuying activity:

  • For the week ending July 21, 30-year mortgage rates rose to 5.54%. This was down from a 2022 high of 5.81% but up from 3.11% at the start of the year.
  • Fewer people searched for “homes for sale” on Google—searches during the week ending July 16 were down 23% from a year earlier.
  • The seasonally-adjusted Redfin Homebuyer Demand Index—a measure of requests for home tours and other home-buying services from Redfin agents—was down 17% year over year during the week ending July 17.
  • Touring activity as of July 10 was down 2% from the start of the year, compared to a 22% increase at the same time last year, according to home tour technology company ShowingTime.
  • Mortgage purchase applications were down 19% from a year earlier during the week ending July 15 to the lowest level since April of 2020, while the seasonally-adjusted index was down 7% week over week.

Key housing market takeaways for 400+ U.S. metro areas:

Unless otherwise noted, the data in this report covers the four-week period ending July 17. Redfin’s housing market data goes back through 2012.

Data based on homes listed and/or sold during the period:

  • The median home sale price was up 11% year over year to $389,200. This was down 1.7% from the peak during the four-week period ending June 19. A year ago the median price rose 0.9% during the same period. The year-over-year growth rate was down from the March peak of 16%.
  • The median asking price of newly listed homes increased 14% year over year to $396,448, but was down 2.8% from the all-time high set during the four-week period ending May 22. Last year during the same period median prices were down just 0.8%.
  • The monthly mortgage payment on the median asking price home hit $2,389 at the current 5.54% mortgage rate, up 45% from $1,650 a year earlier, when mortgage rates were 2.78%. That’s down slightly from the peak of $2,486 reached during the four weeks ending June 12.
  • Pending home sales were down 15% year over year, the largest decline since May 2020.
  • New listings of homes for sale were down 3% from a year earlier.
  • Active listings (the number of homes listed for sale at any point during the period) rose 3% year over year—the largest increase since August 2019.
  • 41% of homes that went under contract had an accepted offer within the first two weeks on the market, down from 46% a year earlier.
  • 28% of homes that went under contract had an accepted offer within one week of hitting the market, down from 33% a year earlier.
  • Homes that sold were on the market for a median of 19 days, up from 18 days a year earlier and up from the record low of 15 days set in May and early June.
  • 49% of homes sold above list price, down from 54% a year earlier.
  • On average, 7.3% of homes for sale each week had a price drop, a record high as far back as the data goes, through the beginning of 2015.
  • The average sale-to-list price ratio, which measures how close homes are selling to their asking prices, declined to 101.4%. In other words, the average home sold for 1.4% above its asking price. This was down from 102.1% a year earlier.

Refer to our metrics definition page for explanations of all the metrics used in this report.

Median Sale Price

Median Asking Price

Median Mortgage Payment

Pending Sales

New Listings

Active Listings

Off-Market in 2 Weeks

Off-Market in 1 Week

Days on Market

Sold Above List

Price Drops

Price Drops


Redfin Homebuyer Demand Index


Tim Ellis

Tim Ellis has been analyzing the real estate market since 2005, and worked at Redfin as a housing market analyst from 2010 through 2013 and again starting in 2018. In his free time, he runs the independently-operated Seattle-area real estate website Seattle Bubble, and produces the "Dispatches from the Multiverse" improvised comedy sci-fi podcast.

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