Thursday, June 16, 2016

Lawler: Early Read on Existing Home Sales in May

by Bill McBride on 6/16/2016 04:45:00 PM

From housing economist Tom Lawler:

Based on publicly-available state and local realtor/MLS reports from across the country released through today, I project that May existing home sales as estimated by the National Association of Realtors ran at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.55 million in May, up 1.8% from April’s preliminary pace and up 4.9% from last May’s seasonally adjusted pace. Unadjusted sales should show a slightly higher YOY % gain, reflecting this May’s higher business-day count.

Local realtor/MLS data also suggest that existing home listings increased only slightly on the month (and by less than last May’s MoM gain), and I project that the inventory of existing homes for sale as estimated by the NAR for the end of May will be 2.16 million, up 0.9% from April’s preliminary estimate and down 5.3% from last May. Finally, I project that the NAR’s estimate of the median existing single-family home sales price for May will be up 5.3% YOY.

CR Note: The NAR is scheduled to release May Existing Home sales next Wednesday, and the early consensus is 5.64 million SAAR (probably too high).