The National Association of REALTORS today reports that existing homes sales increased in April, particularly for lower cost homes. According to NAR, 4.68 million single-family, townhomes, condominiums, and cooperatives sold in April. This represents a 2.9 percent increase (seasonally adjusted) over March but still below the 4.85 million unit-level of April 2008. Distressed properties accounted for 45 percent of all sales and, according to NAR, this continues to distort median sales price, which is down more than 15 percent below 2008.
Chief Economist, Lawrence Yun, said “Because foreclosed properties will likely be released into the market over the rest of year, it is critical that distressed homes be quickly cleared from the market.” Mr. Yun also called on the Federal Reserve to restore liquidity to the jumbo market by purchasing these loans under TALF.
Read more on NAR’s Existing-Home Sales here.