NAR: Existing Home Sales Fall Unexpectedly

by Mark Wellborn

A day after some optimistic news on the housing front, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) reported that existing home sales unexpectedly dropped last month.

NAR reported this morning that existing home sales, which consist of closed transactions on single-family homes, townhomes, condos and co-ops, dropped 0.8 percent between May and June. Sales in the Midwest and South regions (the latter where DC is located) actually rose slightly, but the increases were offset by sales dropping in the West and Northeast regions.

NAR economist Lawrence Yun also stated that there was “an unusual spike in contract cancellations in the past month,” noting that the reasons for the cancelled contracts were unclear, but that tight credit and low appraisals were partly to blame.

This news is in stark contrast to what has been happening locally. Last month, 5,124 home purchase contracts were signed in the DC area, the highest total for the month of June since 2005, according to data released today by RealEstate Business Intelligence (RBI), the research arm of Metropolitan Regional Information Systems (MRIS). When the report came out, RBI analyst Jonathan Miller told UrbanTurf that, while optimistic, the contract numbers were representative of historical home sales patterns for the spring and a return to a more stable market for the region.

This article originally published at http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/nar_existing_home_sales_fall_unexpectedly/3832

1 Comment

  1. anon said at 8:58 am on Thursday July 21, 2011:

    So, like all other media outlets, this is actually a non story if looked at from a local level.  DC sales rose, yet the article leads with the sensational “sales DROP”!  Real Estate is local.  The fact that prices and sales are dropping everywhere else doesn’t help people understand the market in DC.  Sensationalized news is a disservice to all.

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