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Home Sales Tumble to Lowest Level Since 2010

The U.S. housing market is in the midst of a slump, with home sales falling to their lowest level since 2010. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reported that existing-home sales plunged 4.1% in October to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 3.79 million.


This is down from a 3.96 million rate in September and is the lowest level since December 2010.The decline in sales is being blamed on a number of factors, including rising mortgage rates and still-high home prices. The average 30-year fixed mortgage rate rose to 7.02% in October, the highest level since 2002. This has made it more expensive for potential buyers to afford a home.


In addition, home prices remain high, despite the recent decline in sales. The median existing-home price rose 3.4% from a year earlier to $391,800 in October. This is still significantly higher than the pre-pandemic median price of $327,300.


The combination of rising mortgage rates and high home prices is making it difficult for many potential buyers to afford a home. As a result, sales are falling and inventories are rising. The number of homes for sale rose 2.7% from September to 1.15 million in October. This is still the lowest level for any October in the series, but it is up from the record low of 1.13 million in September.


The current housing market is a far cry from the frenzied market of a few years ago. Back then, buyers were bidding up prices and waiving contingencies to get the homes they wanted. Today, buyers are more cautious and are taking their time to find the right home.

The decline in home sales is likely to continue in the near term as mortgage rates remain high. However, some experts believe that the market could start to rebound in the second half of 2024 as rates start to come down.




Questions

  1. What are the factors that are contributing to the slowdown in the housing market?

  2. What are the potential consequences of the slowdown in the housing market?

  3. What can be done to address the challenges facing the housing market?







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