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Existing Home Sales Down 3.4% in May

Existing Home Sales Down 3.4% in May

NAR logoThe National Association of Realtors is reporting that existing home sales were down 3.4% in May to a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 5.41 million (down 8.6% year over year).  Total housing inventory at the end of May was 1,160,000 units, down 4.1% from one year ago.  Unsold inventory sits at a 2.6-month supply at the current sales rate with properties remaining on the market for around 16 days.  The median existing-home price for all housing types in May was $ 407,600 (surpassing the $ 400k mark for the first time) and was up 14.8% from one year ago.  The NAR says this marks 123 consecutive months of year-over-year increases, still the longest-running streak on record.

“Home sales have essentially returned to the levels seen in 2019 – prior to the pandemic – after two years of gangbuster performance…Also, the market movements of single-family and condominium sales are nearly equal, possibly implying that the preference towards suburban living over city life that had been present over the past two years is fading with a return to pre-pandemic conditions.”  Said NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun.

Click here to read the full report at the National Association of Realtors.


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