Readers Respond: Thanksgiving Hours
HBSDealer's weekly poll question is gearing up for the holiday weekend. This week's question: Will your store be open on Thanksgiving Day?
As you might expect, it wasn't close. 94% of respondents answered "no."
Here are the results:
Will your store be open on Thanksgiving Day?
- 94% (77 votes): No. That's well-earned family time for our employees
- 5% (4 votes): Yes. We'll be open for our customers, even on holidays.
- 1% (1 vote): Partially. We'll be open, but we'll close early.
You can still cast your vote here.
Existing home sales rise
Existing-home sales increased in October to their strongest pace since earlier this summer, but continual supply shortages led to fewer closings on an annual basis for the second straight month, according to the National Association of Realtors.
The rise in sales report from the NAR shortly follows a report on rising residential construction metrics from the Dept. of Commerce.
Total existing-home sales, which are completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, increased 2.0% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.48 million in October from a downwardly revised 5.37 million in September. After last month's increase, sales are at their strongest pace since June (5.51 million), but still remain 0.9% below a year ago.
NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun says sales activity in October picked up for the second straight month, with increases in all four major regions. "Job growth in most of the country continues to carry on at a robust level and is starting to slowly push up wages, which is in turn giving households added assurance that now is a good time to buy a home," he said. "While the housing market gained a little more momentum last month, sales are still below year ago levels because low inventory is limiting choices for prospective buyers and keeping price growth elevated."
Added Yun, "The residual effects on sales from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are still seen in parts of Texas and Florida. However, sales should completely bounce back to their pre-storm levels by the end of the year, as demand for buying in these areas was very strong before the storms."
The median existing-home price for all housing types in October was $247,000, up 5.5% from October 2016 ($234,100). October's price increase marks the 68th straight month of year-over-year gains.
Total housing inventory at the end of October decreased 3.2% to 1.80 million existing homes available for sale, and is now 10.4% lower than a year ago (2.01 million) and has fallen year-over-year for 29 consecutive months. Unsold inventory is at a 3.9-month supply at the current sales pace, which is down from 4.4 months a year ago.
Properties typically stayed on the market for 34 days in October, which is unchanged from last month and down from 41 days a year ago. Forty-seven% of homes sold in October were on the market for less than a month.