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Inventory 10 year low, Sales up 2.1% in October


By Mark D   Follow   Mon, 19 Nov 2012, 5:05am PST   278 views   2 comments
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good news for the bulls.

"Sales of previously owned U.S. homes unexpectedly climbed in October, showing record-low mortgage rates are helping spur the world’s largest economy.

Purchases of existing houses increased 2.1 percent to a 4.79 million annual rate, exceeding the median forecast of economists surveyed by Bloomberg, figures from the National Association of Realtors showed today in Washington. Property values rose over the past 12 months by the most in seven years as inventories dropped to the lowest level in almost a decade."

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-11-19/u-s-existing-home-sales-rose-in-october-to-4-79-million-rate.html

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Mark D   Mon, 19 Nov 2012, 5:14am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 1

Inventory Shrinks

The number of previously owned homes on the market decreased 1.4 percent to 2.14 million, the fewest since December 2002. At the current sales pace, it would take 5.4 months to sell those houses, the least since February 2006, and down from 5.6 months at the end of September.

Sales of existing single-family homes increased 1.9 percent to an annual rate of 4.22 million. Purchases of multifamily properties -- including condominiums -- rose to a 570,000 pace, the most since January 2011, from 550,000.

Purchases climbed in three of the four regions, reflecting a 4.4 percent increase in the West, a 2.1 percent gain in the South and a 1.8 percent rise in the Midwest. Demand fell 1.7 percent in the Northeast as superstorm Sandy disrupted the market, the agents’ group said.

“We anticipate more impact to be showing up in November and December,” Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, said in a news conference as the figures were released.

Mark D   Mon, 19 Nov 2012, 5:58am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 2

LiarWatch says

And with 20-30 MILLION excess empty housing units in inventory, how is inventory low?

most of those are $1 homes in Detroit.

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