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Rising US home prices are exacerbating the housing affordability crisis, particularly for first-time buyers. The median price of a previously owned home in the US increased by 5.7% from the previous year, reaching $407,600 in April. This marked the fourth consecutive monthly increase and set a record for April prices. Existing home sales, which make up the majority of transactions, declined by 1.9% in April to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.14 million. This decline occurred for the second consecutive month as mortgage rates rose above 7%.

One positive aspect for the housing market in the US is that more homes are entering the market, providing some relief. Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist, noted that the upper-end market is experiencing growth due to an increase in supply. He also mentioned that the record-high home prices in April are beneficial news for homeowners. The ongoing increase in homes coming to the market could help alleviate some of the pressure on affordability, especially for those looking to purchase their first home.

Despite the challenges posed by rising home prices and declining sales, the real estate market in the US is still seeing pockets of growth. With the increase in supply of homes for sale, there may be more opportunities for buyers to find a home that fits their needs. However, the overall affordability crisis continues to be a concern for many Americans, particularly those who are looking to enter the housing market for the first time. It will be important for policymakers and industry stakeholders to work together to address these issues and ensure that housing remains accessible to all.

As the situation continues to evolve, it will be important to monitor how the market responds to changes in supply and demand. The record-high home prices in April may indicate a strong housing market, but they also highlight the challenges faced by many buyers. By keeping an eye on these trends and working towards solutions that promote affordability, stakeholders can help ensure that the American dream of homeownership remains within reach for all. Overall, the housing market in the US is facing significant challenges, but with proactive measures and collaboration, there may be opportunities to address these issues and create a more sustainable and inclusive housing market.

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