Sales of existing houses rose 4.7 % in September

Posted by Steph Kaye on Tuesday, October 27th, 2015 at 10:32am.

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WASHINGTON — Sales of existing houses rose 4.7 % in September to the second-highest pace in eight years, as continued low rates of interest and pent-up call for supported the housing restoration.

Existing-home sales rose in September from August to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.55 million, the National Association of Realtors stated Thursday. It used to be the fourth month of gains in the previous five months.

Economists surveyed via The Wall Street Journal had anticipated a upward thrust of 1.7% to 5.4 million.

September's rise follows a sharp drop in August, which got here at the heels of three straight months of gains. August's sales had been revised down to 5.3 million from an preliminary estimate of 5.31 million.

The nationwide median home value was once $221,900 in September, up 6.1 % from Sept. 2014.

The housing market has been reasonably robust in many markets around the nation. Prices have risen year-over-year for greater than three years straight.

Inventory of existing properties on the market stood at 4.8 months' worth of supply at the present pace of sales, down from 5.1 months' value in August.

Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the NAR, stated the low inventory was once less worrisome now in the softer fall and winter selling season, however may well be an issue as soon as the spring buying season rolls around.

"Come spring of next year, based on the current trend, we find we could be facing really tight inventory scenario once the spring purchasing season returns, unless home developers really ramp up production," Mr. Yun stated.

Sales have been up in all four regions of the country in September, with the most important proportion increase in the Northeast. Existing-home sales rose 8.6 % from August to an annual rate of 760,000, 11.8 % above September a year ago.

The motion was concentrated in single-family home sales, which rose 5.3 % from August. The rate of sales of existing condominiums and co-ops was unchanged from August at 620,000, up 3.3 % from a year-ago September.

Properties generally stayed available on the market for 49 days in September, down from 56 days in September 2014, however up from 47 days in August. It also is 44 % longer than the typical duration of 34 days in June, which was the shortest duration since the NAR started monitoring these figures in 2011.

"The constrained supply could potentially foster unsustainable price gains, which could temper demand—especially among first-time home buyers," deputy chief U.S. macro strategist at TD Securities USA Millan Mulraine stated.

U.S. home construction rebounded in September after two straight months of declines, the Commerce Department stated earlier this week, largely because of a sharp increase in development of apartments and different multifamily housing. However home developers have reported labor shortages as many construction workers who lost jobs throughout the recession moved on to different industries or left the labor market altogether.

Sales of newly constructed properties rose 5.7 % in August, according to a separate report from the Commerce Department. September's data on new home sales shall be released on Monday.

Whether or not the U.S. housing market can maintain its moderately robust activity in the face of worldwide headwinds continues to be noticed. The pace of job creation slowed in September, with employers adding simply 142,000 jobs, and a median of 167,000 a month during the last three months. That three-month rate was the slowest pace since Feb. 2014.

Some elements remain supportive, such as a decision in September via the Federal Reserve to not raise short-term interest rates, which might have most likely caused mortgage rates to rise. However salary gains were muted over the recovery, regardless of stable job creation during the last six years. That makes it more difficult for potential buyers to save for a down payment on a home, particularly in regions like the South and West, the place home prices have risen rapidly over the last year.

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