June 3rd, 2014 8:49 AM by Cat Moe
With the weather warming up and summer just around the corner, many
members of the RE community have found themselves asking the question,
“What’s in store for us throughout the rest of the year?” Well the wait
is almost over – and the answer has become a little clearer – as new
data indicates that the market is on its way up!
According to the newest study performed by the U.S. Department of
Commerce, newly built single-family home sales are on the rise,
increasing by 6.4% from March – the first increase we’ve seen since
January. This increase also boosted the seasonally adjusted annual rate
to 433,000 – 8,000 higher than what was predicted by economists polled
by Bloomberg News.
In a similar study, it was found that sales of previously owned homes
rose nationwide in April, another promising sign that the market is
picking up momentum amid the spring selling season. Home resales have
jumped 1.3% from March, increasing to a now seasonally adjusted rate of
4.65 million nationwide, according to the National Association of
“Some growth was inevitable after sub-par housing activity in the
first quarter, but improved inventory is expanding choices, and sales
should generally trend upward from this point,” Lawrence Yun, the trade
group’s chief economist, said in a statement.
Condominium and co-op sales saw some of the largest gains, as sales
for attached united climbed 7.3% from the month before, a sign that
affordability remains a problem across the nation.
The latest studies aren’t all good news though. While new homes sales
are up from earlier this year, they still sit 4.2% below April of the
year before. Similarly, previously owned home sales are down 6.8% from
Do you think this is the first step to more major improvements, or
will this year continue to remain stagnant as the market recovers from
last year’s jumps? What are your thoughts?