Decline in US home sales and a severe shortage of supply


US home sales fell to a seven-month low in March under the pressure of an acute real estate shortage, which is driving up prices and making owning a home more expensive for some first-time buyers.

The National Association of Realtors said Thursday that existing home sales fell 3.7 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual pace of 6.01 million units last month, the lowest level since August 2020. Sales are down in all four regions.

Economists polled by Reuters had forecast sales of 6.19 million units in March.

The second consecutive monthly decline came after a sharp drop in signed contracts and home loan applications in February.

Existing home sales contracts that are counted upon completion of the contract are delayed by one or two months. This means that part of the drop in sales last month was due to bad weather in February.

Existing home sales make up most of US home sales, increasing 12.3 percent year on year, remaining well above pre-pandemic levels.

Average house prices jumped 17.2 percent from a year ago, to an all-time high of $ 329,100 in March.

The number of existing homes offered for sale reached 1.07 million in March, up 3.9 percent from February. The supply fell 28.2 percent from a year ago. (Reuters)


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