While prices are up slightly, unit sales up 11.9 percent while prices up 1.1 percent.
The REAL Trends Housing Market Report for May 2016 shows that housing sales increased a robust 11.9 percent from the same month a year ago. The year-over-year gain was slightly higher than April 2016 results and nearly back to the record increases recorded in January and February. The Northeast once again led the way with a huge 19.5 percent increase over May a year ago.
“The May Housing Market Report shows that an acceleration in year-over-year growth in housing sales is not a one-time occurrence. April and May 2016 were two of the strongest months so far this year,” said Steve Murray, editor of the REAL Trends Housing Market Report. “In fact, except for the March results, the first five months of 2016 have all been among the strongest year-over-year results in the past five years. Additionally, price increases continue to soften as the year progresses” said Murray.
The annualized rate of new and existing home sales was 6.434 million which was up from the rate of 5.749 million recorded in May 2015. The results indicate that the housing market continues to show very strong growth.
Housing price increases continue to show moderate change with May 2016 showing a 1.1 percent increase in the average prices of homes sold a year ago.
“The Northeast region had the strongest showing with unit sales up an incredible 19.5 percent. Each region saw unit sales increases with the Midwest showing an increase of 15.1 percent, the South at 10.7 percent increase and the West coming in with an increase of 6.4 percent. The housing market appears to be in good shape despite continued evidence of lower-than-normal inventory levels and has shrugged off other negative news such as the decline in equity markets, low inventories and the slower rate of foreign purchases of homes.”
The average price of homes sold in May 2016 in the Midwest region was up 3.8 percent the best performance in the nation. The South region increased by 2.5 percent; the West saw average prices increase 2 percent, while the Northeast region saw prices decline by 2.4 percent.
“We now expect that housing unit sales increases will continue to be higher in 2016 than thought earlier this past year. Most forecasts say that housing unit sales will increase 3-5 percent for all of 2016 and that average prices will increase 3-4 percent,” said Murray.
This article originally appeared in the July 2016 issue of the REAL Trends Newsletter and is reprinted with permission of REAL Trends Inc. Copyright 2016