Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Existing-home Sales Slide on Tight Mortgages

Existing-home sales were down in August following a healthy gain in July as tight mortgage credit curtailed activity, click here. Sales rose in the Midwest and South but fell in the Northeast and West. Nationally, existing-home sales, including single-family, townhome, and condo, declined 2.2 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.91 million units from an upwardly revised pace of 5.02 million in July. "Sales reflect higher interest rates before the government takeover of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae," says NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun.

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