Friday, November 27, 2009

Home Resales Up 10.1% in October

Home buyers last month snapped up previously owned properties at the fastest pace in more than two years, a Realtors group said Monday.

Home resales increased 10.1% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 6.1 million units in October from a downward-revised pace of 5.54 million in September, according to the National Assn. of Realtors in Washington. The October figure was up 23.5% from the seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.94 million units a year earlier. The last time the sales pace was that swift was in February 2007.

The buying was motivated by low interest rates, a credit for first-time buyers and cheap housing, the association said. The national median home price -- the point at which half the homes sold for more and half for less -- was $173,100 in October, down 1% from September and off 7.1% from October of last year. Whether the stabilization of the housing market will continue remains a subject of debate among housing analysts and economists.

More exciting news that the market is starting to stabilize and grow. This combined with a greater than expected decrease in jobless claims may be the light at the end of tunnel.

Information provided by:

Kevin Dowd
Prudential Castle Point Realty
Hoboken, NJ

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