Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Existing Home Sales in September: 5.17 million SAAR, Inventory up 6.0% Year-over-year

by Bill McBride on 10/21/2014 10:00:00 AM

The NAR reports: Existing-Home Sales Rebound in September

Total existing-home sales, which are completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, increased 2.4 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.17 million in September from 5.05 million in August. Sales are now at their highest pace of 2014, but still remain 1.7 percent below the 5.26 million-unit level from last September. ...

Total housing inventory at the end of September fell 1.3 percent to 2.30 million existing homes available for sale, which represents a 5.3-month supply at the current sales pace. Despite fewer homes for sale in September, unsold inventory is still 6.0 percent higher than a year ago, when there were 2.17 million existing homes available for sale.
Existing Home SalesClick on graph for larger image.

This graph shows existing home sales, on a Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR) basis since 1993.

Sales in September (5.17 million SAAR) were 2.4% higher than last month, and were 1.7% below the September 2013 rate.

The second graph shows nationwide inventory for existing homes.

Existing Home InventoryAccording to the NAR, inventory decreased to 2.30 million in September from 2.33 million in August.   Headline inventory is not seasonally adjusted, and inventory usually increases from the seasonal lows in December and January, and peaks in mid-to-late summer.

The third graph shows the year-over-year (YoY) change in reported existing home inventory and months-of-supply. Since inventory is not seasonally adjusted, it really helps to look at the YoY change. Note: Months-of-supply is based on the seasonally adjusted sales and not seasonally adjusted inventory.

Year-over-year Inventory Inventory increased 6.0% year-over-year in September compared to September 2013.  

Months of supply was at 5.3 months in September.

This was above expectations of sales of 5.09 million.  For existing home sales, the key number is inventory - and inventory is still low, but up year-over-year.    I'll have more later ...