After almost four years of year-over-year declines, for-sale inventory has grown on an annual basis four out of the past five months, albeit at a slow pace.

– U.S. for-sale home inventory increased 1.2 percent from a year ago. There are 19,455 more homes on the market than in last January.

– The largest inventory increases were seen in softening but still competitive West Coast markets.

– The typical U.S. home is worth $225,300, 7.5 percent more than a year ago.

– The median rent rose 2.1 percent over a year ago to $1,468, the third straight month of accelerating appreciation.