Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Home Sales Fall 2.2% in Auguest

Sales of existing homes fell 2.2% in August from the previous month to an annual sales pace of 4.91 million units, the National Association of Realtors said Wednesday. The data cover sales of homes, condominiums, and townhouses. The inventory of unsold houses fell to a 10.4-month supply at the current sales pace, compared to July's 10.9-month supply. The current inventory is still large and many analysts say prices must fall even more to attract buyers. The median home price was $203,100 in August, down 9.5% from the year before. Besides tighter loan standards and falling prices, the housing market also has been hurt by a weakening job market. Nonfarm payrolls have declined for eight consecutive months

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