Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Lawler: Early Read on Existing Home Sales in February

by Bill McBride on 3/18/2015 04:00:00 PM

From housing economist Tom Lawler:

Based on local realtor/MLS reports from across the country, I project that existing home sales as measured by the National Association of Realtors ran at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.87 million in February, up 1.0% from January’s pace and up 4.5% from last February’s pace.

On the inventory front, local realtor/MLS reports suggest that the inventory of existing homes for sale at the end of February was little changed From January, which if true would mean that this inventory was down 1.6% from last February. Finally, local realtor/MLS suggest that the NAR’s median existing SF home sales price last month was up about 6.7% from a year earlier.

While not enough local realtors/MLS either report data on new pending sales or report accurate/consistent data on new pending sales for me to produce a “national” estimate, most or the realtors/MLS that do report such data showed significantly faster YOY growth in pending sales in February compared to January.

CR Note: The NAR is scheduled to release February existing home sales on Monday, March 23, 2015, at 10 AM ET.