Home Sales Go Up, Inventory Numbers Go Down

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October 23, 2015

Real estate analysts were sensing a potential cooling of the market last month, but on Thursday the NAR reported that sales are up again.

September was the 12th consecutive month to see year-over-year growth. Existing home-sales, which included sales  of single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums, and co-ops, rose 4.7percent to from August, reaching 5.55 million, making it the second-highest peak since February 2007.

At the same time, inventory went down. “Maybe it’s counterintuitive—how can there be more sales when there’s less inventory?” Realtor.com writes. “It’s all that pent-up demand. Unfortunately for first-time buyers, all that competition has driven house prices up; you’re more likely to buy a home if you already have one.”

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