US Home sales uptick in October
According to the National Association of Realtors, existing-home sales in the U.S. ascended in October 2016 for the second straight month and eclipsed June’s cyclical sales peak to become the highest annualized pace in nearly a decade. All major regions saw monthly and annual sales increases in October.
Total existing-home sales, which are completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, grew 2.0 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.60 million in October from an upwardly revised 5.49 million in September.
Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, says the wave of sales activity the last two months represents a convincing autumn revival for the housing market. “October’s strong sales gain was widespread throughout the country and can be attributed to the release of the unrealized pent-up demand that held back many would-be buyers over the summer because of tight supply,” he said.
“Buyers are having more success lately despite low inventory and prices that continue to swiftly rise above incomes.”