RISMEDIA, Wednesday, July 23, 2014
During the month of June, existing-home sales reached an annual pace of 5 million sales for the first time since October 2013, according to data recently released by the National Association of REALTORS®. In addition to the heightened existing-home sales, rising inventory continued to move the housing supply forward, signaling a strengthened and more balanced market.
Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, says housing fundamentals are moving in the right direction. “Inventories are at their highest level in over a year and price gains have slowed to much more welcoming levels in many parts of the country. This bodes well for rising home sales in the upcoming months as consumers are provided with more choices,” he says. “On the contrary, new home construction needs to rise by at least 50 percent for a complete return to a balanced market because supply shortages—particularly in the West—are still putting upward pressure on prices.” Read the full article