Existing-house sales fell 5.9% in July to a seasonally changed yearly rate of 4.81 million, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR). Sales fell year-over-year, down 20.2% from July 2021. First-time purchasers was accountable for 29% of sales in July, below 30% in July and below 30% in July 2021.
“The ongoing sales decline reflects the impact of the mortgage rate peak of 6% in early June,” stated NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun. “Home sales may soon stabilize since mortgage rates have fallen to near 5%, thereby giving an additional boost of purchasing power to home buyers.”
The overall real estate stock in July was 1.31 million systems, up 4.8% from June’s stock and the same from one year earlier. The typical house rate was $403,000, up 10.8% from July 2021 ($364,600), as rates increased in every area. This marks 125 successive months of year-over-year gains, the longest-running streak on record.
Distressed sales—foreclosures and brief sales—represented less than 1% of sales in July, basically the same from the June 2022 and July 2021.
Read the NAR release.