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National market update
Existing-Home Sales Bounce Back Strongly in May as First-time Buyers Return
WASHINGTON (June 22, 2015) — Fueled partly by an increase in the share of sales to first-time buyers, existing-home sales increased in May to their highest pace in nearly six years, according to the National Association of Realtors®. Led by the Northeast, all major regions experienced sales increases in May.
Midyear Report: The Housing Market Is on Track for Its Best Year Since 2006 (and It Ain’t a Bubble)
As we approach the midpoint of 2015, the residential real estate market is on track for its best year since 2006, the peak of the housing bubble. (This time, though, it’s no bubble.)
National housing indicators
Existing home sales ()
5.35 millions units*
Existing home median price ()
Housing Starts ()
10.36 millions units*
New home sales ()
5.17 millions units*
*Seasonally adjusted annual rate. Source: NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.
National economic indicators
1st Qtr 2015
1st Qtr 2014
The homeownership rate in the first quarter 2015 was 63.7 percent, down 1.1 (+/- 0.4) percentage points from the first quarter 2014 rate of 64.8 percent. The homeownership rates in the Northeast, South and West were lower than the rates in the first quarter 2014, while the rate in the Midwest was not statistically different from the rate a year ago.
New home sales
Sales of new single-family houses in May 2015 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 546,000. This is 2.2 percent (+/- 16.7%)* above the revised April 2015 estimate of 534,000.
Source: U.S. CENSUS BUREAU
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Consumer tips & hot properties
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Source: NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.