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Existing Home Sales Disappoint In June As Prices Hit Record Highs

As the economy continues to remain in flux with the market making big swings on a daily basis home sales are stagnant if not disappointing. This is all happening as we struggle to come back from the pandemic.

We are struggling to recover from the pandemic as the federal government continues to pay people not to work. The federal government also continues to place rental moratoriums on properties further complicating the housing issues many face.

It is nearly impossible to sell ones house and buy another house with the market the way it is right now!

Originally appeared on Zero Hedge

Having fallen for four straight months, analysts expected a modest 1.7% MoM rebound in June’s existing home sales (despite tumbling mortgage apps and crashing homebuyer sentiment?). They were right but the print disappointed, rising just 1.4% MoM, and notably weaker than that given the downward revision in May to -1.2% MoM from -0.9% MoM


Source: Bloomberg

The relative shift leaves existing home sales unchanged from April…


Source: Bloomberg

Notably, “investors” made up a far bigger chunk of buyers than last month (14% vs 9% in May).

Median home price rose 23.4% from last year to $363,300, an all-time high


Source: Bloomberg

“At a broad level, home prices are in no danger of a decline due to tight inventory conditions, but I do expect prices to appreciate at a slower pace by the end of the year,” Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist, said in a statement.

Supply in June rose very marginally from 2.5 months to 2.6 months.

Finally, we note that while housing data has been serially disappointing for months, homebuilder stocks have soared…


Source: Bloomberg

Of course, while homebuilder sentiment slipped to an 11-month low, it remains in a vapid reality of its own relative to their customers…


Source: Bloomberg

But, hey, start talking about talking about tapering Jay!