2019 Ends On A High Note For Home Buyer Activity

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Sustained Buyer Demand Reaches its Longest Stretch Since September 2017 – January 2018


  • U.S. showing activity grew by 6.9 percent year over year in December
  • For the fifth consecutive month, prospective home buyer traffic was up compared to 2018
  • The West Region saw the greatest year-over-year change in activity, with a 20.9 percent increase in December

The normally sluggish holiday home buying season saw a surge in activity as December showing traffic rose year over year nationwide, according to the latest ShowingTime Showing Index® report.

December’s 6.9 percent year-over-year growth in showing traffic in each of the four regions tracked by the Index represented the fifth consecutive month in which buyer activity increased compared to 2018. For the second consecutive month, the West Region saw the greatest increase in activity, with a 20.9 percent boost. The South followed, with a 12.9 percent year-over-year increase, the second largest improvement in the region in more than a year. Showing activity also grew in the Midwest, with a 4 percent year-over-year increase, with the Northeast close behind with a 3.5 percent gain.

“December showing numbers confirm what we first reported for November 2019, that year-over-year buyer activity has increased substantially,” said ShowingTime Chief Analytics Officer Daniil Cherkasskiy. “NAR is reporting a significant year-over-year jump in pending sales, which confirms the trend.”

ShowingTime Showing Index chart for December 2019

The ShowingTime Showing Index, the first of its kind in the residential real estate industry, is compiled using data from property showings scheduled across the country on listings using ShowingTime products and services, providing a benchmark to track buyer demand. ShowingTime facilitates more than four million showings each month.

Released monthly, the Showing Index tracks the average number of appointments received on active listings during the month. Local MLS indices are also available for select markets and are distributed to MLS and association leadership. To view the full report, visit https://www.showingtime.com/showingtime-showing-index/.

About ShowingTime

ShowingTime is the residential real estate industry’s leading showing management and market stats technology provider, with more than 1.2 million active listings subscribed to its services. Its showing products and services simplify the appointment scheduling process for real estate professionals, buyers and sellers, resulting in more showings, more feedback and more efficient sales. Its MarketStats division provides interactive tools and easy-to-read market reports for MLSs, associations, brokers and other real estate companies, as well as a recruiting tool for brokers. ShowingTime products are used in more than 250 MLSs representing nearly one million real estate professionals across the U.S. and Canada. For more information, contact us at research@showingtime.com.


This article originally appeared in the February 2020 issue of the REAL Trends Newsletter. It is reprinted with permission of REAL Trends, Inc. Copyright © 2020. To read the rest of this issue & more, please visit our Real Trends page online.


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