Sales of existing homes moved higher for the second time in three weeks according to the National Home Sales Snapshot released by DataQuick.
There were 163,918 properties sold over the previous thirty-day rolling period ending March 13th, 0.9 percent above the previous week’s total of 162,418 sold properties but still 2.7 percent lower than the 167,894 properties sold four weeks ago.
Sales volume was 39.2 percent below this year’s cycle peak of 269,817 sales which occurred during the 30-day rolling period prior to September 12th of last year.
Last week’s home sales volume was 5.3 percent lower than the 173,076 homes sold during the same period a year ago but was still 16.6 percent higher than during the same period three years ago when 140,603 homes were sold. It was the tenth consecutive week that home sales have remained below the previous year’s levels.
The median price of a home sold over the current thirty-day rolling period remained at $ 210,000 after increasing by $ 100 the previous week. Four weeks ago the median home price was $ 211,000.
Home prices were 13.5 percent higher than during the same period a year ago when the median price of a home was $ 185,000 and were 22.1 percent higher than the median price of $ 172,000 during the same period three years ago.
Over the last seven years, median home prices nationwide have ranged from a high of $ 275,000 to a low of $ 168,500.
Home sales volume over the last seven years has ranged from a high of 339,669 properties sold to a low of 124,051.
The National Home Sales Snapshot includes 98 out of the top 100 metropolitan statistical areas covering 66.25 percent of U.S. home sales.
Tags: DataQuick, home sales, median home price, sales volume
Reported by Chris Moore