Luxury home prices rose 4.9 percent in the third quarter of 2017 compared to last year, to an average of $1.71 million. The analysis tracks home sales in more than 1,000 cities across the country and defines the luxury market as the top 5 percent most expensive homes sold in the city in each quarter. The average price for non-luxury homes was $336,000, up 5.3 percent compared to a year earlier.
A sharp decline in the number of luxury homes on the market likely contributed to the price increase. The number of homes for sale priced at or above $1 million fell 18.1 percent compared to the same period last year, marking two consecutive quarters of a decline in the number of high-end homes for sale.
The number of homes priced at or above $5 million saw a similar decline at 19 percent. This marked the first quarter in which luxury inventory fell year over year since Redfin began reporting on the luxury market in 2014.