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NAR: Existing-Home Sales Increased to 6.34 million in October

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by Calculated Risk on 11/22/2021 10:11:00 AM

From the NAR: Existing-Home Sales Inch Up 0.8% in October

Existing-home sales increased in October, marking two straight months of growth, according to the National Association of Realtors(R). Two of the four major U.S. regions saw month-over-month sales climb, one region reported a drop and the fourth area held steady in October. On a year-over-year basis, each region witnessed sales decrease.

Total existing-home sales, completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, rose 0.8% from September to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 6.34 million in October. Sales fell 5.8% from a year ago (6.73 million in October 2020).

Total housing inventory at the end of October amounted to 1.25 million units, down 0.8% from September and down 12.0% from one year ago (1.42 million). Unsold inventory sits at a 2.4-month supply at the current sales pace, equal to September’s supply, and down from 2.5 months in October 2020.
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This graph shows existing home sales, on a Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR) basis since 1993.

Sales in October (6.34 million SAAR) were up 0.8% from last month, and were 5.8% below the October 2020 sales rate.

The second graph shows nationwide inventory for existing homes.


According to the NAR, inventory decreased to 1.25 million in October from 1.26 million in September.

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 12.0% year-over-year in October compared to October 2020.

Months of supply was unchanged at 2.4 months in October from 2.4 months in September.

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

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