December 2010 Homes Sale Are Up
Existing-home sales rose sharply in December, when sales increased for the fifth time in the past six months, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. Existing-home sales rose 12.3 percent to an annual rate of 5.28 million in December, but remain 2.9 percent below the 5.44 million pace in December 2009.Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, said sales are on an uptrend. “December was a good finish to 2010, when sales fluctuate more than normal. The pattern over the past six months is clearly showing a recovery,” he said. “The December pace is near the volume we’re expecting for 2011, so the market is getting much closer to an adequate, sustainable level. The recovery will likely continue as job growth gains momentum and rising rents encourage more renters into ownership while exceptional affordability conditions remain.” The national median existing-home price for all housing types was $168,800 in December, which is 1.0 percent below December 2009. Distressed homes (foreclosures, short sales) rose to a 36 percent market share in December from 33 percent in November, and 32 percent in December 2009. Inventory Levels & Interest Rates
Total housing inventory at the end of December fell 4.2 percent to 3.56 million existing homes available for sale, which represents an 8.1-month supply at the current sales pace, down from a 9.5-month supply in November. Interest rates have gone up, the national average commitment rate for a 30-year, conventional, fixed-rate mortgage rose to 4.71 percent in December from 4.30 percent in November; the rate was 4.93 percent in December 2009. Transaction Types
A NAR practitioner survey shows first-time buyers purchased 33 percent of homes in December, Investors accounted for 20 percent of transactions in December, with the balance of sales going to repeat buyers.. In the South, existing-home sales increased 10.1 percent to an annual pace of 1.97 million in December but are 2.5 percent below December 2009. The median price in the South was $148,400, unchanged from a year ago.
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