Sales Climb as U.S. Housing Market Adjusts to Rates: Economy | Bedford Corners NY Homes

 

Sales of previously owned homes climbed in December for the first time in five months, capping the best year since 2006 and indicating the real-estate market is starting to adjust to higher borrowing costs.

Purchases rose 1 percent to a 4.87 million annual pace, the National Association of Realtors reported today in Washington. Other reports showed claims for jobless benefits held last week near the lowest level in more than a month and the index of leading indicators climbed in December.

Faster employment growth, rising property values and a decline in consumer debt are giving would-be buyers the confidence to take the plunge into homeownership. Growing demand will also spur new construction and home improvements that will boost gross domestic product in 2014.

 

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-01-23/sales-of-previously-owned-homes-in-u-s-rose-1-in-december.html

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