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The number of homes for sale shrank at its slowest pace in April since the start of the pandemic. Home sales fell and price growth slowed as soaring mortgage rates prompted more buyers to throw in the towel.

The housing market turned a corner in April as the inventory crunch showed signs of easing. The 9% year-over-year decline in homes for sale was the smallest since March 2020 and the first single-digit drop since the start of the pandemic. While inventory remained at a record low, it fell at a relatively slow pace because soaring mortgage rates tempered homebuyer demand. Home sales slid 8%, the biggest drop since June 2020, which allowed white-hot home-price growth to cool slightly. The median home-sale price rose 16% to $424,000, a slowdown from March’s 17% gain.