Home sales hit 10-year high in January 2017

US home sales hit 10-year high in January 2017

Existing home sales up 3.3% (January)

U.S. home resales surged to a 10-year high in January as buyers shrugged off higher prices and mortgage rates, a sign of growing confidence in the economy.

The National Association of Realtors said on Wednesday existing home sales jumped 3.3 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.69 million units last month.

That was the highest level since February 2007.

December’s sales pace was revised up to 5.51 million units from the previously reported 5.49 million units. Economists had forecast sales rising 1.1 percent to a 5.54 million-unit pace in January. The NAR also revised sales data going back to 2014. The revisions were minor and had no impact on the characterization of the housing market.

Sales were up 3.8 percent from January 2016. A persistent shortage of properties available for sale, which is lifting house prices, remains an obstacle to a robust housing market.