Falling Prices Boost Sales Trends

Recent real estate trends reported by the National Association of Realtors have shown purchases of existing homes, which had fallen in July, rebounded in August – some 5.1% higher than prices in August 2015, Why the bump? Typical for that time of year, demand decreased and prices began to fall, which may have led to the bump in August.

How high did they climb?
Existing home sales rose 5.5% from the previous month and 7.3% from the previous year, at 541,000 purchases. Luckily, though, median prices dropped 1.3%, but they were still up overall – 5.1% from the previous year.

A better buy
Lower than the cost of a newly built home which sold for a median $294,600 in July, the $240,200 median price tag for gently-used homes offered budget-conscious buyers a late-summer bargain.

The rise and fall
Most buyers choose and move before the school year starts, typically settling before August and declining thereafter. However, inventory has been tight this year and prices have been up. As demand dropped in August, prices also fell. (The two extra business days in August probably didn’t hurt sales either.)

Real estate trends show an upswing nationwide:

• South
Lower cost of living, bringing an influx of companies to the south, is bringing new jobs and residents, boosting sales to 7.4% over last year and prices up 6.7%. In August, 217,000 homes were sold at a median home price of $209,700.

• Midwest
The Midwest sports some of the lowest home prices in the country, with a median $190,700 sale price. Here 132,000 homes went under contract, up 7.3% annually, 5.5% year-over-year.

• West
The nation’s costliest region saw 115,000 purchases, up 7.5% annually, with median pricing up 9.2% to $347,400.

• Northeast
Supply-restricted, the Northeast still closed on 77,000 homes, with sales up 6.9%. Prices rose 0.8%, to a median of $274,100.

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