ALBANY, N.Y., Nov. 21, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Against the continual backdrop of fewer homes on the market, homebuyers in New York State closed 12,408 sales during October, falling 4.1-percent from October 2018, according to the housing market report released today by the New York State Association of REALTORS®.

Inventory of homes for sale dropped for the fourth consecutive month, falling 4.2-percent to 69,081 units and new listings inched lower as well, 2.3-percent to 16,457 houses.

Pending sales, however, increased 2.6 percent in New York State, totaling 11,844 units in October, and are up 2.6-percent in year-over-year comparisons to 108,699 homes.

The median sales price growth trend continued, climbing to $280,000 – an 8.1-percent increase compared to this time last year.

While interest rates did rise slightly, up 0.8-percent to 3.69-percent on a 30-year fixed mortgage, according to Freddie Mac, the rates are still one-percent lower than those in October 2018.

Additional data is available at http://www.nysar.com/industry-resources/market-data

Editor’s Note: All data is compiled from multiple listing services in the state of New York and the data include townhomes, condominiums and existing single-family homes.

The New York State Association of REALTORS® is a not-for-profit trade organization representing more than 60,000 of New York State’s real estate professionals. The term REALTOR® is a registered trademark, which identifies real estate professionals who subscribe to a strict code of ethics as members of the National Association of REALTORS®. These REALTORS® are also members of the New York State Association of REALTORS® as well as their local board or association of REALTORS®

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