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Monday, June 25, 2007

May Existing Home Sales

by Calculated Risk on 6/25/2007 10:12:00 AM

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reports Home Sales Show Market is Under Performing

Total existing-home sales – including single-family, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops – eased by 0.3 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate1 of 5.99 million units in May from an upwardly revised pace of 6.01 million in April, and are 10.3 percent below the 6.68 million-unit level in May 2006.
The national median existing-home price2 for all housing types was $223,700 in May, which is 2.1 percent below May 2006 when the median was $228,500.
Existing Home Sales Click on graph for larger image.

The first graph shows the NSA sales per month for the last 3 years.

The pattern of YoY declines in sales is continuing. For New home sales, March is usually the strongest sales month of the year. For existing homes, the Summer months are more critical.

Existing Home Months of Supply
The second graph shows the months of supply. With the months of supply now over 8 months, we should expect falling prices nationwide. The NAR reports that YoY prices fell again in May.

Existing Home Inventory The third graph shows nationwide inventory for existing homes. According to NAR, inventory increased to a record 4.431 million units in May.
Total housing inventory rose 5.0 percent at the end of May to 4.43 million existing homes available for sale, which represents an 8.9-month supply at the current sales pace, up from an 8.4-month supply in April.
For some reason the NAR forgot to mention this is the all time record for inventory (not months of supply though). More on existing home sales later today.