Existing Home Sales Soften (NSA)

I have a few favorite Housing charts: Median Income to Median Home Price, Housing Value as % of GDP.

This one may very well be my favorite: Existing Home Sales NOT Seasonally Adjusted.

Why? A few reasons:

• It shows the seasonal rhythm of housing sales, ticking up each month from January forward, with an annual double top in May/July.

• Its relative — no matter how much the NAR data may be flawed, it is a consistent methodology. Thus, comparing the year-over-year numbers provides some insight into the Housing market.

• The impact of the government tax credit is obvious (see Yellow line); once that faded, prices faded as well.

Here is the chart:

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Chart courtesy of Calculated Risk


February Existing-Home Sales Decline
NAR, March 21, 2011

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