Existing homes sales rose 2% last month from June to a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 5.99 million units, the NAR said
Sales of previously occupied U.S. homes rose for a second straight month in July, though only slightly from a year ago, suggesting the housing market may be cooling a little.
Existing homes sales rose 2% last month from June to a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 5.99 million units, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) said Monday. That’s greater than the 5.82 million economists were expecting, according to FactSet.
From July last year, sales increased only 1.5%. By comparison, sales in June climbed nearly 23% from a year earlier, when many states were still in a pandemic lockdown.
Sales are still running above pre-pandemic conditions, but appear to be settling down, said Lawrence Yun, the NAR’s chief economist.
The median U.S. home price climbed 17.8% from a year ago to $359,900, near the all-time high it set in June, NAR said. That annual gain was more modest than the 20%-25% year-over-year increases seen earlier this year.
Clearly, the home price growth is moderating, Yun said.
Sales of homes above $500,000 rose last month while those below that level fell, helped skew the median price higher.
Would-be homebuyers who have been trying to navigate the most competitive market in more than a decade had perhaps a wider selection to consider at the end of July, when the inventory of unsold homes stood at 1.32 million. That’s an increase of 7.3% from June, but it’s still down 12% from July last year. At the current sales pace, the unsold inventory amounts to a 2.6-month supply, the NAR said.
With so few homes up for sale, many sell within days. In July, homes typically remained on the market for 17 days before getting snapped up. That’s unchanged from June, but down from 22 days in July 2020.
I expect we’ll have more inventory in upcoming months, Yun said.
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