Existing-Home Sales, Inventories Climbing


The Mortgage Corner

Total existing-home sales, which are completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, increased 0.6 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.97 million in April, reports the National Association of Realtors. This could be a trend, as housing inventories are also increasing, while foreclosure rates continue to fall, allowing more homes on the market. Sales activity is 9.7 percent above the 4.53 million-unit level in April 2012.


Graph: Calculated Risk

Total housing inventory at the end of April rose 11.9 percent, a seasonal increase to 2.16 million existing homes available for sale, a 5.2-month supply at the current sales pace, compared with 4.7 months in March. Listed inventory is 13.6 percent below a year ago, when there was a 6.6-month supply, with current availability tighter in the lower price ranges. Inventories are improving, but more homes need to be available for sale…

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