May median sales price and other market metrics

Reno and Sparks, Nev. median home sales price hits all-time record high!

What a doozy of a month May was for area home sales!

The median home price in Reno-Sparks, Nevada skyrocketed to a new all-time record high of $390,000 in May. May’s median home price jumped a whopping 4.0 percent over April’s median of $375,000 — and is, likely, one of the largest one-month increases observed.

Frequent readers of this blog will recall that the previous record median sales price, of $385,000, was reached twice in 2018 (both in July and also in October). May’s new median sales price handily busts through that ceiling.

Year-over-year, May’s median sale price is also up 4.0 percent.

May’s median sold price per square foot (PPSF) also set a new record high — coming in at $221.02/sq.ft. This number is up 3.4 percent over April’s $213.73/sq.ft.

Year-over-year, May’s median sold PPSF is up 5.7 percent.

Homes Sold

The news does not stop with May’s median sales price. The number of homes sold in May jumped a whopping 20.7 percent over the number of homes sold in April. 641 homes were sold during the month of May – a monthly total that this market hasn’t seen since August 2017.

Year-over-year, May’s number of homes sold was up a healthy 11.5 percent over the 575 homes sold in May 2018.

May’s strong home sales helped to mitigate year-to-date lagging sales. As of April’s report, YTD sales were down more than 12 percent compared to the same period in 2018. As of today, YTD sales are down only 6 percent for the same period last year.

Will 2019 total sales catch up and surpass 2018 home sales? We’ll have to watch and see if May’s momentum continues into June and July.

Inventory

Regarding inventory, presently 1,163 homes are available for purchase in the Reno-Sparks market. This number is up a hefty 16.8 percent from the 996 homes available for sale this time last month. Year-over-year, May’s currently available inventory is up a whopping 60.4 percent.

That being said, despite the number of homes currently available for purchase, only 24.2 percent are priced at, or below, the current median sales price. Lack of affordable inventory remains an issue.

Pending sales dropped slightly in May. Presently, 911 homes are pending sale in the Reno-Sparks market. That number is down 1.3 percent from the 923 homes pending sale this time last month. Year-over-year, current pending sales are down 1.0 percent from the number of pending sales in May 2018.

Days on Market

May’s median days on market (DOM) came in at 54 days — a big decrease of 11 days from April’s median DOM. An eleven-day reduction in the median DOM indicates increasing market velocity (a market that is heating up).

Year-over-year, May’s DOM number is up 5 days over May 2018’s number.

Sales by Type

May sales by type, break out as follows:

  • REO sales: 1.2% – down from April’s 2.9%
  • Short sales: 0.3% – up from April’s 0.2%
  • Subject to Court Approval sales: 0.8% – down from April’s 1.0%
  • Relocation sales: 0.6% – up from April’s 0.4%
  • Equity sales: 96.9% – up from April’s 95.5%

Sales by Price

May sales by price band, break out as follows in the table below…

Sales by Price Segment
sales price ($000’s) units sold cumulative % of sales
0 – 99 1 0.2%
100 – 199 7 1.2%
200 – 299 103 17.3%
300 – 399 228 52.9%
400 – 499 119 71.5%
500 – 599 79 83.8%
600 – 699 41 90.2%
700 – 799 14 92.4%
800 – 899 7 93.4%
900 – 999 12 95.3%
1M+ 30 100%
total 641

Wow! 30 homes sold for $1M, or more, during the month of May. That is a $1M+ home sale/day.

May’s median sold price for houses and condos combined was $365,000 — a 4.3 percent increase over April’s median sold price of $345,000 for combined sales of houses and condos.

The table below contains the past 13 months of data[1]

Past 13 Months of Home Sales Data
Month Year # Sold Median Sold Price Sold Price per Sq Ft Median DOM # of Actives # of Pendings
May 2019 641 $390,000 $221.02 54 1,163 911
Apr 2019 531 $375,000 $213.73 65 996 923
Mar 2019 458 $369,000 $207.92 78 867 815
Feb 2019 362 $372,150 $208.84 89 888 774
Jan 2019 325 $362,000 $210.44 86 961 655
Dec 2018 385 $365,000 $209.82 77 1,079 541
Nov 2018 469 $377,500 $211.75 71 1,237 634
Oct 2018 468 $385,000 $213.86 65 1,300 717
Sep 2018 460 $372,527 $210.74 60 1,333 725
Aug 2018 572 $370,725 $211.79 57 1,208 790
Jul 2018 567 $385,000 $216.37 53 1,154 838
Jun 2018 602 $381,950 $215.88 49 923 906
May 2018 575 $375,000 $209.12 49 725 920

Thank you for taking the time to read this market report. As always, your comments and questions are welcomed.


1. The medians table above is updated on a monthly basis. The median home price data reported covers the cities of Reno, Nevada and Sparks, Nevada [NNRMLS Area #100]. Residential data includes Site/Stick Built properties only. Data excludes Condo/Townhouse, Manufactured/Modular and Shared Ownership properties. Data courtesy of the Northern Nevada Regional MLS – Jun 3, 2019. Note: This information is deemed reliable, but not guaranteed.

For historical home sale data back to 1998 click here.

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  1. Avatar Diana Dixon says:

    Thank you Guy for your monthly blog. I look forward to it every month. Thank you again for all you do!

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    Thank you Diana. I am glad you find the information in the blog useful.

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