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NAR: Existing-Home Sales Increased to 6.29 million in September

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by Calculated Risk on 10/21/2021 10:12:00 AM

From the NAR: Existing-Home Sales Ascend 7.0% in September

Existing-home sales rebounded in September after seeing sales wane the previous month, according to the National Association of Realtors(R). Each of the four major U.S. regions witnessed increases on a month-over-month basis. From a year-over-year timeframe, one region held steady while the three others each reported a decline in sales.

Total existing-home sales, completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, rose 7.0% from August to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 6.29 million in September. However, sales decreased 2.3% from a year ago (6.44 million in September 2020).

Total housing inventory at the end of September amounted to 1.27 million units, down 0.8% from August and down 13.0% from one year ago (1.46 million). Unsold inventory sits at a 2.4-month supply at the present sales pace, down 7.7% from August and down from 2.7 months in September 2020.
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This graph shows existing home sales, on a Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR) basis since 1993.

Sales in September (6.29 million SAAR) were up 7.0% from last month, and were 2.3% below the September 2020 sales rate.

The second graph shows nationwide inventory for existing homes.


According to the NAR, inventory decreased to 1.27 million in September from 1.28 million in August.

Headline inventory is not seasonally adjusted, and inventory usually decreases to the seasonal lows in December and January, and peaks in mid-to-late summer.

The last graph shows the year-over-year (YoY) change in reported existing home inventory and months-of-supply. Since inventory is not seasonally adjusted, it really helps to look at the YoY change. Note: Months-of-supply is based on the seasonally adjusted sales and not seasonally adjusted inventory.

Inventory was down 13.0% year-over-year in September compared to September 2020.

Months of supply was decreased to 2.4 months in September from 2.6 months in August.

This was above the consensus forecast. I’ll have more later.

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