U.S. Housing Inventory Hits Three-Year High: A Detailed Analysis

U.S. Housing Inventory Hits Three-Year High:
A Detailed Analysis

As of June 2024, the U.S. housing inventory has reached its highest level in over three years. This increase marks a significant shift in the real estate market, providing a greater supply of homes for potential buyers. According to data from the Federal Reserve Economic Data (FRED) database, the number of active listings in May 2024 was 787,722, a substantial rise from previous months (FRED) (FRED).

Yearly Comparisons

June 2024: The data for June 2024 indicates that the housing inventory has continued to grow, reaching the highest point since the recent downturn with just under 800,000 homes listed for sale.

June 2023: One year prior, in June 2023, the inventory levels were significantly lower. with less than 650,000 homes for sale.

June 2022: Two years ago, in June 2022, the housing inventory was even lower, reflecting a period of reduced listings and a tighter market. Historical data shows that the inventory levels were struggling to recover from the pandemic-induced slump, with figures around the 600,000 range.

Monthly Trends:

Month-over-month data reveals a consistent increase in housing inventory throughout 2024. For instance, the inventory in January 2024 was 665,569, rising steadily each month to 787,722 in May 2024. This upward trend highlights a recovering market with more sellers entering the market, possibly due to favorable conditions and stabilizing economic factors (FRED).


The current surge in housing inventory marks a pivotal moment for the U.S. real estate market. With the highest levels in over three years, buyers and sellers alike are navigating a dynamic and evolving landscape. Continuous monitoring of these trends will be essential for making informed decisions in the coming months.

For more detailed data and monthly updates, you can visit the FRED housing inventory page.

This article provides a snapshot of the current state of the U.S. housing market, reflecting on significant changes and trends over the past three years. As the market continues to evolve, staying informed with up-to-date data is crucial for all stakeholders.
Source: FRED