by Calculated Risk on 2/21/2018 10:16:00 AM
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
From the NAR: Existing-Home Sales Slip 3.2 Percent in January
Existing-home sales slumped for the second consecutive month in January and experienced their largest decline on an annual basis in over three years, according to the National Association of Realtors®. All major regions saw monthly and annual sales declines last month.Click on graph for larger image.
Total existing-home sales, which are completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, sank 3.2 percent in January to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.38 million from a downwardly revised 5.56 million in December 2017. After last month’s decline, sales are 4.8 percent below a year ago (largest annual decline since August 2014 at 5.5 percent) and at their slowest pace since last September (5.37 million).
Total housing inventory at the end of January rose 4.1 percent to 1.52 million existing homes available for sale, but is still 9.5 percent lower than a year ago (1.68 million) and has fallen year-over-year for 32 consecutive months. Unsold inventory is at a 3.4-month supply at the current sales pace (3.6 months a year ago).
This graph shows existing home sales, on a Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR) basis since 1993.
Sales in January (5.38 million SAAR) were 3.2% lower than last month, and were 4.8% below the January 2017 rate.
The second graph shows nationwide inventory for existing homes.
According to the NAR, inventory increased to 1.52 million in January from 1.46 million in December. 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 last 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 9.5% year-over-year in January compared to January 2017.
Months of supply was at 3.4 months in January.
As expected by CR readers, sales were below the consensus view. For existing home sales, a key number is inventory - and inventory is still low. I'll have more later ...
Posted by Calculated Risk on 2/21/2018 10:16:00 AM