by Bill McBride on 10/22/2015 10:11:00 AM
Thursday, October 22, 2015
From the NAR: Existing-Home Sales Regain Momentum in September
Total existing–home sales, which are completed transactions that include single–family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co–ops, increased 4.7 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.55 million in September from a slightly downwardly revised 5.30 million in August, and are now 8.8 percent above a year ago (5.10 million). ...Click on graph for larger image.
Total housing inventory at the end of September decreased 2.6 percent to 2.21 million existing homes available for sale, and is now 3.1 percent lower than a year ago (2.28 million). Unsold inventory is at a 4.8–month supply at the current sales pace, down from 5.1 months in August.
This graph shows existing home sales, on a Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR) basis since 1993.
Sales in September (5.55 million SAAR) were 4.7% higher than last month, and were 8.8% above the September 2014 rate.
The second graph shows nationwide inventory for existing homes.
According to the NAR, inventory decreased to 2.21 million in September from 2.27 million in August. Headline inventory is not seasonally adjusted, and inventory usually decreases to 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.
Inventory decreased 3.1% year-over-year in September compared to September 2014.
Months of supply was at 4.8 months in September.
This was above expectations of sales of 5.35 million. For existing home sales, a key number is inventory - and inventory is still low. I'll have more later ...
Posted by Bill McBride on 10/22/2015 10:11:00 AM