The Nationwide Affiliation of Realtors (NAR) mentioned on Wednesday that present dwelling gross sales declined 2.3 p.c, to a seasonally adjusted annual fee of 5.57 million items, final month.
Economists had been anticipating present dwelling gross sales in April to fall by 1.1 p.c, in keeping with Thomson Reuters consensus estimates.
“Demand is definitely outstripping provide in many of the nation and it is stymieing many potential patrons from discovering a house to buy,” Lawrence Yun, an economist for the group, mentioned in an announcement.
This, after dwelling gross sales surged in March to their highest tempo in over 10 years, as extreme provide shortages resulted within the typical dwelling promoting considerably sooner in March than in February, NAR reported final month.
Current dwelling gross sales rose 4.4 p.c for the month of March and previous to that fell 3.7 p.c throughout February.
Regardless of April’s 2.3 p.c decline, final month’s gross sales tempo marks the fourth highest over the previous 12 months. March’s gross sales tempo has been revised right down to 5.7 million items, which stays the very best stage since February 2007.
In the meantime, the median dwelling value elevated 6 p.c, to $244,800, from a 12 months in the past in April, the very best stage since June 2016.
The NAR’s present dwelling gross sales information measures gross sales and costs of present single-family properties for the nation general, offering breakdowns for the West, Midwest, South and Northeast areas of the U.S. These figures additionally embrace condos and co-ops.
—Reuters contributed to this report.