Putnam’s housing market exploded in the first quarter, with sales and prices sharply up. Inventory continues to fall, which will likely suppress sales in the spring market but should continue to put pressure on prices. Although the eye-popping quarterly 10% average and 9% median sales price increases are not sustainable, the yearlong appreciation of 5% on average and over 6% at the median is a welcome trend for Putnam homeowners. Indeed, the average single‑family price for the past year is now higher than at any time since the market correction in 2009. We expect restricted inventory will continue to drive prices up in a robust spring market.
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