US Existing Home Sales Rise in September

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Existing home sales increased in September, 2008 both from August and from the same time in 2007 according to the National Association of Realtors. Single family, townhomes, condominiums and co-op sales, which are all grouped in the existing home category, rose 5.5 percent from August to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.18 million units for September. That is also a 1.4 percent increase from the 5.11 million unit pace in September of 2007.
NAR President Richard F. Gaylord said low home prices and low interest rates have been attracting buyers. “This is the first time since November 2005 that home sales have been above year-ago levels,” he said. “Credit tightened at the end of September, but the improvement demonstrates that buyers who’ve been on the sidelines want to get into the market to make a long-term investment in their future.”
Lawrence Yun, chief economist for NAR, noted that more and more markets are seeing gains: “The sales turnaround which began in California several months ago is broadening now to Colorado, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri and Rhode Island,” he said. “The South was hampered by much lower home sales in Houston in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike.” Yun cautioned that there may still be market disruptions as the credit crisis continues. For now, though, this is certainly good news for the US housing market.
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