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The real estate industry's latest numbers reflect good news about the economy for a change.

Good news, home sellers: The National Association of Realtors reports that existing-home sales in August rose nearly 8 percent from July – and home prices rose 9.5 percent from a year ago, to a price of $187,400.

Here’s how NAR and its chief economist, Lawrence Yun, explain the real estate rebound…

  • “More buyers are taking advantage of excellent housing affordability conditions.”
  • “Inventories in many parts of the country are broadly balanced, favoring neither sellers nor buyers. However, the West and Florida markets are experiencing inventory shortages, which are placing pressure on prices.”
  • “Home prices are up partly because the mix of housing is shifting toward more normal sales, with distressed sales comprising a smaller share of the market.”
  • “Prices are also up because of appreciation, which NAR data as well as other price indexes show.”

For more, check out this video from the press conference held yesterday:

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