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Existing Home Sales Rise in October

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The National Association of Realtors reported Thursday that existing-home sales rose 1.9% from September and overall sales increased 4.6% to 5.46 million. 

“Historically-low interest rates, continuing job expansion, higher weekly earnings, and low mortgage rates are undoubtedly contributing to these higher numbers,” said Lawrence Yun, NAR’s Chief Economist. “We will likely continue to see sales climb as long as potential buyers are presented with an adequate supply of inventory.”

Median-existing home prices in October were up 6.2% annually in October to $270,900 and prices rose in all regions. October’s price increase marks 92 straight months of year-over-year gains. 

House inventory for the month was 1.77 million units—down nearly 2.7% from September and 4.3% from October 2018’s 1.85 million. Unsold inventory for October was at a 3.9-month supply, also a decline of 4.1 months last month and 4.3 months last year. 

“The issuance of more housing permits is a very positive sign and a good step toward more inventory,” said Yun. “In order to better counter and even slow the increase in housing prices, home builders will have to bring additional homes on the market.”

However, the report finds existing-home sales varied by region and half of the nation reported declines. 

Both the West and Northeast regions had declines in existing-home sales. The West had a month-over-month decline of 0.9%, during the same time median prices in the region rose 7.8% year-over-year. 

Existing-home sales in the Northeast fell 1.4% in October and were unchanged from last year. Home prices also increased by 2.4% from 2018. 

The Midwest report an increase in existing-home sales of 1.6% and the South saw home sales rose 4.4%. 

Properties remained on the market for 36 days in October, which is a 4-day increase from September, but unchanged from October 2018. Forty-six percent of the homes sold in October were on the market for less than a month. 

First-time buyers were responsible for 31% of sales for the month—a decline from 33% in September and unchanged from October 2018.

About Author: Mike Albanese

A graduate of the University of Alabama, Mike Albanese has worked for news publications since 2011 in Texas and Colorado. He has built a portfolio of more than 1,000 articles, covering city government, police and crime, business, sports, and is experienced in crafting engaging features and enterprise pieces. He spent time as the sports editor for the "Pilot Point Post-Signal," and has covered the DFW Metroplex for several years. He has also assisted with sports coverage and editing duties with the "Dallas Morning News" and "Denton Record-Chronicle" over the past several years.
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