Existing Home Sales Suffer Worst Losing Streak Since 2014, Price Hits Record High

Following last month's disappointing starts/permits data and home sales prints, hope was high for a June rebound but they are gravely disappointed. Existing home sales tumbled 0.6% MoM (vs expectations of a 0.2% rise) and even worse, it's off a downwardly revised May print of 0.7% MoM, with median home price hitting a record high $276k.

This is the first 3-in-a-row decline for existing home sales since Jan 2014...

Existing Home Sales SAAR is almost at its weakest since Jan 2016...

Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, says closings inched backwards in June and fell on an annual basis for the fourth straight month.

“There continues to be a mismatch since the spring between the growing level of homebuyer demand in most of the country in relation to the actual pace of home sales, which are declining,” he said.

“The root cause is without a doubt the severe housing shortage that is not releasing its grip on the nation’s housing market. What is for sale in most areas is going under contract very fast and in many cases, has multiple offers. This dynamic is keeping home price growth elevated, pricing out would-be buyers and ultimately slowing sales.”

The median existing-home price for all housing types in June was $276,900, surpassing last month as the new all-time high and up 5.2% from June 2017 ($263,300). June’s price increase marks the 76th straight month of year-over-year gains.

Homebuilder stocks have generally drifted lower with the dismal data but have yet to take the next leg lower...