Calculated Risk: Housing January 23rd Weekly Update: Inventory Decreased Slightly Week-over-week

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by Calculated Risk on 1/23/2023 08:30:00 AM

Altos reports inventory was down 0.1% week-over-week. Usually inventory bottoms in February; in 2022, inventory bottomed in early March.  It is possible that inventory is already near a bottom for the year!

Here are the same week inventory changes for the last five years:

2023: -0.6K

2022: -6.8K 

2021: -8.2K

2020: +2.1K

2019: +10.3K


Altos Home Inventory Click on graph for larger image.

This inventory graph is courtesy of Altos Research.

As of January 20th, inventory was at 472 thousand (7-day average), compared to 473 thousand the prior week.   

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

Altos Home Inventory

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 70.5% compared to the same week in 2022, and down 42.8% compared to the same week in 2019. 

A key will be when inventory starts increasing in 2023 – so far inventory has essentially been flat for the first three weeks of 2023.