Sales of existing homes in recovered in August, perhaps the result of a post-tax credit normalization.
Consistent with most post-home buyer tax credit housing news, Existing Home Sales eased lower last month. The 5 percent drop in sales was expected, but a closer look at the month’s data reveals some interesting trends.
On the surface, May’s Pending Home Sales Index looks terrible for housing. And, if you’re a seller, it just might be. But, if you’re a buyer, the story reads differently. Just consider the market conditions.
The press is calling the May 2010 drop in Existing Home Sales “unexpected” and disappointing, but a deeper look at the data shows the news isn’t as bad as it first appears.
According to the National Association of RealtorsÂ®, although the number of homes sold ticked higher in April, so did the supply of existing homes for sale, too. Sellers are now listing homes faster than buyers can buy them.