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Existing Home Sales See 2nd Biggest MoM Plunge Since May 2010

The 3.7% plunge MoM in December's existing home sales is the 2nd largest since May 2010, drastically missing expectations of a 0.5% rise in sales (buoyed by exuberance from homebuilders). All regions saw weakness but the Northeast was worst with a 7.5% MoM plunge (so weather will be blamed we are sure - though it appears analysts never thought of that). Inventories fell for the first time in 16 months but NAR's cheief economist proclaims it is time for "current homeowners to realize their equity gains and trade-up." Yep - more leverage...

 

 

And here is what NAR's chief economist thinks will drive the future...

“Total inventory fell in December for the first time in 16 months, resulting in fewer choices for buyers and a modest uptick in price growth in markets throughout the country,” he said. “With interest rates at lows not seen since early 2013, the strength in existing-sales in upcoming months will largely depend on the willingness of current homeowners to realize their equity gains from the past couple years and trade up.”

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