Crisis In The Housing Market

Sales Of Existing Homes Dipped In September, But Prices Rose

A "sold" sign in San Francisco in August. i

A "sold" sign in San Francisco in August. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
A "sold" sign in San Francisco in August.

A "sold" sign in San Francisco in August.

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

There was a 1.7 percent drop in sales of existing homes in September from August, the National Association of Realtors says.

But the median selling price compared to one year earlier was up for the seventh month in a row, leading NAR chief economist Lawrence Yun to say "we're experiencing a genuine recovery."

According to NAR:

"The national median existing-home price for all housing types was $183,900 in September, up 11.3 percent from a year ago. The last time there were seven consecutive monthly year-over-year increases was from November 2005 to May 2006."

One reason for the dip in sales: "The nation's inventory of homes — those for sale on the market — fell 3.3 percent during the month to 2.32 million," Reuters notes. So would-be buyers had fewer homes to choose from, which could mean that some just haven't yet found the ones they want.



Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.

NPR thanks our sponsors

Become an NPR sponsor

Support comes from