Sales of previously owned U.S. homes remained brisk in August as low mortgage rates and demand for space in the suburbs sustained strength in a housing market that’s a bright spot for the economy.
Closing transactions increased 2.4% from the prior month to a 6 million annualized rate, the strongest pace since the end of 2006, according to National Association of Realtors data issued Tuesday. The figure matched the median estimate in a Bloomberg survey of economists.
Prices jumped 11.4% from a year earlier on an unadjusted basis to a record. While the increase in existing home sales in August was smaller than the record 24.7% jump a month earlier, the level is consistent with steady growth. The housing sector has been one of the strongest parts of the economic rebound, in part because of ultra-low mortgage rates, as well as cooped-up urbanites looking for homes and yards outside of city centers during the pandemic.