August Existing Home Sales Rise

According to a recent report from the National Association of Realtors, existing home sales increased in August reached their highest level in six-and-a-half years.  Total existing home sales, which consist of completed transactions including single family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, increased 1.7% over July and are 13.2 percent higher than August 2012.  Sales are at the highest pace since February 2007 when they hit 5.79 million and have remained above year-ago levels for the past 26 months.  

Specifically in the South market, existing home sales rose 3.8% and are 13.5% above August 2012.  The median sales price was $181,000, up 14.6% from a year ago.  

Here are some additional highlights from the report:

  • The median sales price has shown nine consecutive months of double-digit year-over-year increases.  
  • Total housing inventory at the end of August increased .4 percent which represents a 4.9 month supply.  
  • Eight percent of August sales were foreclosures and four percent were short sales.  
  • The median time on market for all homes was 43 days in August which is almost half of 70 days in August 2012.  

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2017-08-29T17:44:26+00:00 September 24th, 2013|Economic News|