The More You Know -- October

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August, the latest month for which data is available, saw a 1.7% decrease in existing-home sales nationwide, pulled down by extreme weather events in the southern states; this is the 4th month in the last five where home sales have decreased. A national map of home sales over the last year can be viewed here

  • The national labor market continued tightening in the month of August, boosting nominal wages. 
  • The average commitment rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage fell to 3.88%, its lowest rate since November of 2016. 
  • Total housing inventory has declined 6.5% since last August, the continuation of a 27 month streak of falling inventory. 
  • Existing-home sales in the South decreased 5.7 percent to an annual rate of 2.15 million in August, and are now 0.9 percent lower than a year ago. The median price in the South was $220,400, up 5.4 percent from a year ago.

To watch a complete review of market conditions by the National Association of REALTORS' resident Economist, Dr. Yun, click here.