Posted: 29 Jul 2013 04:00 AM PDT
There are many naysayers declaring that the housing market is still challenged. Young adults are burdened with too much student debt. Interest rate increases are killing demand. Homeownership is no longer seen as part of the American Dream.
We just want to let these naysayers know three things: 13,918 houses sold yesterday, 13,918 will sell today and 13,918 will sell tomorrow. 13,918!
That is the average number of homes that sell each and every day in this country according to the National Association of Realtors’ (NAR) latest Existing Home Sales Report. NAR reported that sales had increased 15.2% over the year before. According to the report, annualized sales now stand at 5.08 million. Divide that number by 365 (days in a year) and we can see that, on average, almost 14,000 homes sell every day.
We realize that these numbers are below the record for homes sold in 2006. We also know that we may not see those numbers again for a long time (and that is probably a good thing). But to say that the current real estate market is challenged is totally inaccurate. We have about 14,000 pieces of evidence to prove that.