July 22, 2015

June's home sales reached their highest level in eight years.

June 22, 2015

Home sales hit their stride last month, reaching highs not seen since 2009.

May 21, 2015

Even in the wake of a breakout month for housing starts, existing-home sales slowed down by 3.3% in April to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.04 million.

March 23, 2015

Existing-home sales bumped up in February despite trends verging in the opposite direction for housing starts.

February 23, 2015

Though January figures increased from a year ago, existing-home sales declined to their lowest rate in nine months, according to the National Association of Realtors.

January 23, 2015

Existing-home sales broke the 5 million mark in December, rebounding from November by 2.4% on the back of a significant jump of activity in the West, according to the National Association of Realtors.

December 22, 2014

Total existing-home sales were down 6.1% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.93 million in November. That's compared to a downwardly revised figure of 5.25 million in October.

November 20, 2014

Existing-home sales were up again in October, marking the first time in a year that the metric rose above year-over-year levels, according to the National Association of Realtors.

Total existing-home sales were up 1.5% for the month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.26 million, compared to an upwardly revised 5.18 million in September. This also marks a 2.5% gain over last October's sales.

For single-family homes, sales increased 1.3% to a rate of 4.63 million -- 2.9% above year-ago levels.

October 27, 2014

Pending home sales rose slightly in September and are now above year-over-year levels for the first time in 11 months, according to the National Association of Realtors.

The Pending Home Sales Index, a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, inched  0.3% to 105.0 in September from 104.7 in August, and is now 1.0% higher than September 2013 (104.0). The index is above 100 for the fifth consecutive month and is at the second-highest level since last September.

October 21, 2014

Existing-home sales made a comeback in September after experiencing a slight decline in August. At their highest level in 2014 so far, sales clocked in at an adjusted annual rate of 5.17 million, according to the National Association of Realtors.

As for whether rising home prices are helping or hurting the housing market -- it depends on how you look at it.

September 22, 2014

Existing-home sales were on the up and up for the past four months, but the momentum didn't carry through August.

Sales decreased 1.8% last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.05 million, a decline the National Association of Realtors attributed to investor activity.

August 21, 2014

July saw the highest level of existing-home sales for the entire year of 2014 so far, reaching a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.15 million, according to the National Association of Realtors.

This is up 2.4% from June's downwardly revised rate of 5.03 million. However, sales are still 4.3% below last July's 5.38 million-unit level (also that year's peak).

In terms of single-family homes, sales were up 2.7% on a monthly basis to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.55 million. This is still 4.2% below last year's pace.

July 22, 2014

Existing-home sales broke the 5-million benchmark in June, rising 2.6% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.04 million units sold, according to the National Association of Realtors.

June's figure is in comparison to an upwardly revised 4.91 million unit rate in May, reaching their highest pace since October 2013. However, they're still 2.3% below last year's number.

June 23, 2014

Bringing some good news to the industry after a weak month for housing starts, existing-home sales peaked sharply in May to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.89 million -- the highest month-over-month gain since August 2011, according to the National Association of Realtors.

Single-family home sales rose even more -- 5.7% -- to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.30 million.

May 22, 2014

The National Association of Realtors had slightly more positive news to report this month. Existing-home sales increased for the first time this year in April, bumping up 1.3% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.65 million.

Single-family sales were up 0.5% to a rate of 4.06 million, but are still 7.7% below last year's pace. 

April 22, 2014

Dropping 0.2% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.59 million, existing-home sales largely flatlined in March, according to the National Association of Realtors. The March results are also 7.5% below year-ago levels.

The slight drop, which is down from 4.60 million in February, is the end result of sales gains in the Northeast and Midwest being canceled out by declines in the West and South.

March 21, 2014

Jerry Howard, CEO the National Association of Home Builders, will speak at the Spring Meeting & Legislative Conference. He will join Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) at the Washington Briefing Breakfast April 1.

Howard has worked as a legislative analyst at the National Association of Realtors, the chief lobbyist for the National Council of State Housing Agencies, and tax counsel  for the NAHB. He was promoted to NAHB's executive VP and CEO in February 2001. 

March 20, 2014

Existing-home sales dropped 0.4% in February even while home prices continued to grow.

According to data released by the National Association of Realtors this morning, total existing-home sales came in at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.60 million in February, compared to 4.62 million the previous month. This is also 7.1% below February 2013 levels, and the slowest pace of sales since July 2012.

Meanwhile, single-family home sales came down 0.2% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.04 million, which is 6.9% below the sales pace in February 2013.

February 21, 2014

On the heels of an unrelenting winter, existing-home sales reached a year-and-a-half low of 4.62 million in January (down 5.1%), though home prices continued to rise, according to the National Association of Realtors.

Single-family home sales were down 5.8% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.05 million, which is 6.0% below January 2013's rate. 

January 23, 2014

Total existing-home sales edged up by 1.0% in December to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.87 million, making the full-year count for 2013 the highest since 2006, according to the National Association of Realtors.

December 19, 2013

Though median home prices continued their steady growth trajectory, existing-home sales dipped in November by 4.3%, according to the National Association of Realtors. This marks the first time in 29 months that sales fell below year-ago levels.

Total existing-home sales came in at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.90 million, down from 5.12 million in October and also 1.2% lower than November 2012's 4.96 million.

November 15, 2013

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) announced its officers for 2014 at the 2013 Realtors Conference and Expo, with Steve Brown at the helm as the association's president for next year.

Brown is a Realtor from Dayton, Ohio, touting more than 30 years of industry experience. He is the co-owner of Irongate Realtors and has held various NAR leadership positions since 2005, including the role of president-elect in 2013 and first VP in 2012.

October 22, 2013

Although existing-home sales enjoyed a four-year peak in August, September saw a slight decline of 1.9% in the amount of homes sold, according to the National Association of Realtors.

Total existing-home sales came in at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.29 million, compared to a downwardly revised 5.39 million in August. However, September's numbers still mark a 10.7% improvement over year-ago figures of 4.78 million.

Of these, single-family home sales were down 1.5% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.68 million, compared to 4.75 million in August. 

September 19, 2013

Existing-home sales were at their highest in six and a half years in August, rising 1.7% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.48 million. Specifically, single-family home sales were up 1.7% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.84 million.

Despite the record numbers, National Association of Realtors chief economist Lawrence Yun cautioned that they may represent a temporary peak.