PT Solid Gold Berjangka | US Existing Home Sales Rise to Five-Month High in January

01:23 23 February in Economy, PT SGB, SOLID GOLD BERJANGKA | SOLID GROUP

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Solid Gold Berjangka | U.S. existing home sales increased to a five-month high in January as declining mortgage rates pulled in buyers from the sidelines, but tight supply remains a challenge.

Home sales rose 3.1% last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.00 million units, the highest level since last August, the National Association of Realtors said on Thursday. The Realtors’ group revised the data for the past three years.

Economists polled by Reuters had forecast home resales rising to a rate of 3.97 million units.

Home resales are counted at the closing of a contract. The sales in January likely reflected contracts signed in the prior two months. The average rate on the popular 30-year fixed mortgage dropped to 6.61% at the end of December from 7.79% in late October, which was the highest since 2000, according to data from mortgage finance agency Freddie Mac.

Sales rose in the densely populated South and the Midwest, which is considered the most affordable region, as well as in the West. They were unchanged in the Northeast.

Home resales, which account for a large portion of U.S. housing sales, declined 1.7% year-on-year in January.

There were 1.01 million previously owned homes on the market in January, up 3.1% from a year ago, but still below the nearly 2 million units before the COVID-19 pandemic. At January’s sales pace, it would take 3.0 months to exhaust the current inventory of existing homes, up from 2.9 months a year ago.

Source : Reuters