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Redfin Reports Supply Ticked Up in February for First Time in 8 Months

There are more homes for sale as spring approaches, and house hunters are hitting the pavement. Home touring activity is rising, and mortgage-purchase applications are up 11% this week.

(NASDAQ: RDFN) —New listings rose 13% from a year earlier nationwide during the four weeks ending March 3, the biggest increase in nearly three years, according to a new report from Redfin (, the technology-powered real estate brokerage.

The boost in new listings helped bring the total number of homes for sale up 1.7%. Following eight months of declines, February is the first month the number of homes for sale has increased on an annual basis.

This week’s pricing data also brings a few glimmers of hope for house hunters. Asking prices of new listings posted their smallest increase in roughly two months; additionally, 5.5% of home sellers dropped their asking price, on average, the highest share of any February since at least 2015. High mortgage rates pushed the median monthly housing payment to $2,694 this week, just $23 shy of the all-time high. But final sale prices, which rose 5.3% year over year, one of the biggest increases in a year and a half, should start declining soon as price growth for new listings loses some momentum.

House hunters are looking at homes and applying for mortgages as we approach spring. Touring activity is up 23% from the start of the year, compared to a 14% increase during the same period last year, and mortgage-purchase applications are up 11% week over week. That early-stage buying activity hasn’t yet translated to a boost in sales, with pending sales down 6% year over year.

“There have been two major obstacles for homebuyers over the last year: Low inventory and high housing costs,” said Redfin Economic Research Lead Chen Zhao. “Now, the first barrier is starting to come down as more supply comes on the market. Housing costs are still high, but they’re likely to come down a bit as mortgage rates gradually decline through the year and price growth loses some steam. Buyers who can afford today’s mortgage rates may have better luck finding a home now than they have in the past several months, and they also may be less likely to face competition because inventory is improving.”

For more of Redfin economists’ takes on the housing market, including how current financial events are impacting mortgage rates, please visit our “From Our Economists” page.

Leading indicators

Indicators of homebuying demand and activity


Value (if applicable)

Recent change

Year-over-year change


Daily average 30-year fixed mortgage rate

6.97% (March 6)

Down from 7.15% a week earlier

Essentially flat

Mortgage News Daily

Weekly average 30-year fixed mortgage rate

6.94% (week ending Feb. 29)

Up from 6.9% a week earlier; 4th straight week of increases

Up from 6.65%

Freddie Mac

Mortgage-purchase applications (seasonally adjusted)


Up 11% from a week earlier (as of week ending March 1)

Down 8%

Mortgage Bankers Association

Redfin Homebuyer Demand Index (seasonally adjusted)


Up 4% from a month earlier (as of week ending March 3)

Down 7%

Redfin Homebuyer Demand Index, a measure of requests for tours and other homebuying services from Redfin agents

Google searches for “home for sale”


Up 4% from a month earlier (as of March 2)

Down 11%

Google Trends

Touring activity


Up 23% from the start of the year (as of March 1)

At this time last year, it was up 14% from the start of 2023

ShowingTime, a home touring technology company

Key housing-market data

U.S. highlights: Four weeks ending March 3, 2024

Redfin’s national metrics include data from 400+ U.S. metro areas, and is based on homes listed and/or sold during the period. Weekly housing-market data goes back through 2015. Subject to revision.


Four weeks ending March 3, 2024

Year-over-year change


Median sale price




Median asking price



Smallest increase since 4 weeks ending Jan. 14

Median monthly mortgage payment

$2,694 at a 6.94% mortgage rate


Down just $23 from all-time high set in October 2023

Pending sales




New listings



Biggest increase since June 2021 (there was also a 12.8% increase during the prior 4-week period)

Active listings



Largest increase since the four weeks ending June 4, 2023. Based on revised data, active listings began increasing for the first time since June during the 4 weeks ending Feb. 11.

Months of supply

3.7 months

+0.3 pts.

4 to 5 months of supply is considered balanced, with a lower number indicating seller’s market conditions.

Share of homes off market in two weeks


Up from 37%


Median days on market


-2 days


Share of homes sold above list price


Up from 23%


Share of homes with a price drop


+1.3 pts.


Average sale-to-list price ratio


+0.4 pts.


Metro-level highlights: Four weeks ending March 3, 2024

Redfin’s metro-level data includes the 50 most populous U.S. metros. Select metros may be excluded from time to time to ensure data accuracy.


Metros with biggest year-over-year increases

Metros with biggest year-over-year decreases


Median sale price

Newark, NJ (14.7%)

Montgomery County, PA (14.6%)

Anaheim, CA (14%)

Fort Lauderdale, FL (13.9%)

New Brunswick, NJ (13.8%)

San Antonio, TX (-3.2%)




Declined in just 1 metro

Pending sales

Cincinnati (9.2%)

Milwaukee (6%)

Pittsburgh (5%)

Minneapolis (5%)

Austin, TX (4.6%)

San Francisco (2.8%)

Seattle (0.7%)

Cleveland (0.2%)

San Antonio, TX (-23.8%)

Warren, MI (-15.7%)

New Brunswick, NJ (-15.6%)

Atlanta (-15.1%)

Nassau County, NY (-14.1%)


Increased in 8 metros

New listings

Fort Worth, TX (27%)

Fort Lauderdale, FL (25.4%)

Houston (24.4%)

Jacksonville, FL (24.1%)

Miami (24.1%)

Atlanta (-5.9%)

Newark, NJ (-2.1%)

Chicago (-0.4%)


Declined in 3 metros

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About Redfin

Redfin ( is a technology-powered real estate company. We help people find a place to live with brokerage, rentals, lending, title insurance, and renovations services. We run the country's #1 real estate brokerage site. Our customers can save thousands in fees while working with a top agent. Our home-buying customers see homes first with on-demand tours, and our lending and title services help them close quickly. Customers selling a home can have our renovations crew fix it up to sell for top dollar. Our rentals business empowers millions nationwide to find apartments and houses for rent. Since launching in 2006, we've saved customers more than $1.6 billion in commissions. We serve more than 100 markets across the U.S. and Canada and employ over 4,000 people.

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