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Existing-Home Sales Continue on Upward Trajectory

WASHINGTON, DC — Existing-home sales continued to trend upward in October, marking five consecutive months of month-over-month gains, the National Association of Realtors reported last week.

Total existing-home sales, including transactions involving single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, rose 4.3% from September to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 6.85 million units in October, according to the Washington, DC-based NAR. Overall, sales rose year-over-year, up 26.6% from a year ago, the association said. All four major regions reported both month-over-month and year-over-year growth, with the Midwest experiencing the greatest monthly increases.

“Considering that we remain in a period of stubbornly high unemployment relative to pre-pandemic levels, the housing sector has performed remarkably well this year,” said Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist. While coronavirus-induced shutdowns hindered virtually all markets, “the housing industry has mounted an impressive rebound,” Yun said.

“The surge in sales in recent months has now offset the spring market losses,” the economist observed. “With news that a COVID-19 vaccine will soon be available, and with mortgage rates projected to hover around 3% in 2021, I expect the market’s growth to continue into 2021, he added, forecasting that existing-home sales will rise by 10%, to 6 million units, in 2021.

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