Real Estate Watch: Home Sales Expected to Stabilize in the Months Ahead

14 07 2006

Home sales are projected to ease modestly but should stay within a relatively narrow range over the balance of the year, according to the National Association of Realtors.

David Lereah, NAR’s chief economist, said the market is showing signs of stabilizing.

“The major housing indicators have been moving up and down within a reasonable range, which means the market should even-out just below present levels,” he said. “At the same time, housing inventory levels are balanced in much of the country, so overall price appreciation will be at a normal rate. We should see home sales rise and fall month to month, but don’t look for any big shifts one way or the other.”

NAR President Thomas M. Stevens from Vienna, Va., said consumers who have been on the sidelines should feel more confident about the market normalization. “When it comes to big ticket purchases, buyers are more comfortable in a stabilizing environment,” said Stevens, senior vice president of NRT Inc. “At the same time, home sellers in most areas understand that the period of abnormal price growth is over, and they have become more realistic about the current market. This is helping to ease the pressure on home prices in some areas.”

Source: RISMedia

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