Following February’s 3.9% drop, March existing home sales roared back (up 4.4% MoM – the fastest growth since Dec 2015) to the highest since Feb 2007 at 5.71 million SAAR. Inventories tumbled (for the 22nd month in a row) and prices rose (for the 61st month in a row) as affordability issues remain ignored (for now).
It seems, unlike 2013, that rising rates are not affecting demand for existing homes at all… (yet)
March sales rose in three of four regions, including a 3.4 percent increase in the South and a 1.6 percent drop in the West At the current pace, it would take 3.8 months to sell the homes on the market, unchanged from February; Realtors group considers less than a five months’ supply as consistent with a tight market Single-family home sales increased 4.3 percent last month to an annual rate of 5.08 million Purchases of condominium and co-op units rose 5 percent to a 630,000 pace First-time buyers accounted for 32 percent of all sales in March, unchanged from February Homes sold in 34 days, compared with 45 days in February and 47 days in March 2016
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Apr 21, 2017.