Home Sales Fall but Still 16 Percent Above Last Year

November 12, 2012 (Chris Moore)

Home prices dipped for a third consecutive week according to the weekly National Home Sales Snapshot released by DataQuick while after posting a slight increase the previous week, the number of existing home sales fell by over 2,000.

There were 208,997 properties sold over the previous thirty-day rolling period ending November 8th, down 1.0 percent from the previous week’s total of 211,188 sold properties and 3.9 percent lower than the 217,579 properties sold four weeks ago.

Sales volume was 5.7 percent lower than the current year’s cycle peak of 221,695 sales which occurred during the 30-day rolling period prior to September 13th and were back at the levels seen in late June.

Last week’s home sales volume was still 16.0 percent higher than the 180,182 homes sold during the same period a year ago but was 1.2 percent lower than during the same period three years ago when 211,587 homes were sold.

The median price of a home sold over the current thirty-day rolling period fell by $700 from the previous week to $197,000. It was the third consecutive week that home prices have slipped after staying near $200,000 for the previous three months.

Home prices were 8.8 percent higher than the same period a year ago when the median price of a home was $181,000 and were 5.3 percent higher than what they were three years ago when the median price was $187,000. It was the 30th consecutive week that year-over-year home prices surpassed the previous year’s levels.

DataQuick Weekly Snapshot 11-12-12

Over the last five 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 five 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.

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DataQuick