Luxury Home Sales See Biggest Decline Since Start of Pandemic

Redfin, Seattle, said sales of luxury U.S. homes fell 17.8% year over year during the three months ending April 30, the largest drop since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic sent shockwaves through the housing market.

A Summer Housing Market Cooldown?

Reports from House Canary, Washington, D.C., and Redfin, Seattle, point to slowing housing market activity this summer following a breakneck pace over the past two years.

Multifamily Posts Broad Gains; Asking Rents Top $2,000

Multifamily performance continued its strong run in May, reported Yardi Matrix, Santa Barbara, Calif. In a separate report, Redfin, Seattle, said median monthly asking rents topped $2,000 for the first time.

More Willing to Relocate to Buy Affordable Home

Homebuyers—particularly first-time buyers squeezed by competition and soaring home prices—are considering many options, including relocating to other parts of the country, said Bankrate, New York. And according to a similar report from Redfin, Seattle, migrating could be their best option.

Record 8% of U.S. Homes Worth at Least $1 Million

Redfin, Seattle, reported a record 8.2% of U.S. homes—six million—valued at $1 million or more in February, up from 4.8% (3.5 million) two years earlier, just before the coronavirus was declared a pandemic.