May Home Prices Up 17%, Sales Volume Reaches Four-Year High in Redfin Real-Time Home Price Tracker

Inventory Crunch Continues to Ease for Second Consecutive Month

Jun 17, 2013, 09:00 ET from Redfin Corporation

SEATTLE, June 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Technology-powered real estate brokerage Redfin ( today released its Real-Time Home Price Tracker, posting gains in both prices and sales volume across 19 major U.S. markets in May. While inventory was down year over year in May, it increased from the previous month. The easing of the inventory crunch likely contributed to home sales volume, which hit the highest level since 2010.

Home prices:

  • May home prices increased 17% year over year, and rose 4% since April.

Sales volume:

  • Home sales were up 14% from 2012, and 16% from April.
  • More than 79,000 homes sales closed in the 19 markets covered in this report in May, the largest amount since January 2010.


  • While down 22% from last year, inventory showed a monthly increase of 4.3%.

This report is the earliest monthly analysis of home prices, sales and inventory across 19 U.S. markets, published weeks before any other index, based on the local databases used directly by Realtors to list properties and record sales. Click the following link to read the complete Redfin Real-Time Home Price Tracker:

Market-Specific Highlights and Lowlights:

Home prices:

  • For the second consecutive month, all of the 19 cities measured saw home prices rise year over year.
  • Austin was the only market to post a decrease in home prices month over month, dropping by 0.4%.
  • Sacramento led the price gains with a 39% year-over-year increase.
  • Baltimore saw the smallest gain in prices, with a 3.2% increase year over year.

Sales volume:

  • New York's Long Island posted the largest yearly sales volume increase, with home sales up 74.7% from May 2012.
  • Boston had the largest monthly increase in sales volume, up 38% from April.
  • San Francisco's sales volumes saw the most drastic decline, with a 7.7% drop from a year earlier.
  • San Francisco and Las Vegas had the smallest monthly gains, both up 4.2% from April.


  • Chicago and Phoenix were the only markets that had an increase in inventory from May 2012, with Phoenix up 14.1% and Chicago up 0.4%.
  • Cities with the largest monthly gains in inventory included Chicago (16.8%), Denver (10%), San Jose (8.4%), Washington (6.3%), and Seattle (5%). 
  • Six of the 19 markets saw monthly inventory shrink in May and five of those were in California, including Inland Empire (-7.3%), Las Vegas (-1.4%), Los Angeles (-1.3%), Ventura (-1.0%), and San Francisco (-0.5%).
  • The only market outside of California to post a decrease in inventory was Boston, showing a monthly decline of 1% from April.

About the Real-Time Home Price Tracker
As a broker with access to dozens of Multiple Listing Services (MLSs) used by real estate agents to list properties and record sales, Redfin gets data within minutes of a sale, pending sale or listing activation, well before any government, media or analytics organization. Using MLS fields, Redfin is able to distinguish houses from condominiums and townhouses, which often sell for less money. To validate the accuracy of the data and to account for sales not handled by a real estate agent, Redfin compares MLS data with county records as they become available, using sophisticated algorithms to identify and resolve disparities about square footage or price for each address. Data at the local and neighborhood level are available in a spreadsheet, and the report methodology is available as an Adobe document.

About Redfin
Redfin ( is a technology-powered real estate broker that represents people buying and selling homes. Founded and run by technologists, Redfin has a team of experienced, full-service real estate agents who are advocates, not sales-people, earning customer-satisfaction bonuses, not commissions. Redfin's online tools feature all the broker-listed homes for sale, as well as for-sale-by-owner properties that don't pay brokers a commission. Because Redfin is a brokerage and a member of the multiple listing services (MLSs) in each market it serves, Redfin's website and mobile apps show all the agent-listed homes for sale, and does not show any homes as active that are already off the market. The company serves 22 U.S. markets and has closed more than $8 billion in home sales. In 2012, Redfin was named one of The DIGITAL 100: World's Most Valuable Private Tech Companies by Business Insider. Follow us on our blog (, Twitter (@redfin), and Facebook (

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