Existing Home Sales Are Relatively Unchanged Going On 14 Months Now

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Existing Home Sales Are Relatively Unchanged Going On 14 Months Now

 

12-month history for Existing Home Sales ending in October 2008In real estate, the term existing home refers to a "used" property; one that can't be classified as new construction.

The number of existing homes sold each month is tracked by the National Association of REALTORS.  The report is often used as a gauge for the health of the real estate market nationwide.

In October, nearly 5 million existing homes sold across the U.S.  This figure represents a slight drop from September's reading, and a equally slight drop from the October 2007 data.

But, October's Existing Home Sales figures marked the 14th straight month in which Existing Home Sales straddled 5-million units.  This is a remarkable statistic because 14 months of anything is a pattern, not a blip.  Despite what the news tells us, Americans are buying and selling real estate at a somewhat steady clip.

As we head into the Holiday Season, buyer activity should slow, reducing demand for homes.  At the same time, however, widespread foreclosure moratoriums should reduce the number of homes available to buy.  These forces should counter-act to help keep the market (and prices) in balance.

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Daily mortgage market and interest rate commentary, information, data and news by Bruce Brown, CMPS with Prime Lending and radio host of Dollars and Homes on KCMO Talk Radio 710 and 103.7 FM in Kansas City.