(AP) — Sales of previously occupied U.S. homes rose in June, snapping a four-month losing streak, while strong demand for higher-end properties and ultra-low mortgage rates helped push prices to new highs.
The National Association of Realtors said Thursday that existing homes sales rose 1.4% last month from May to a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 5.86 million units. Sales jumped 22.9% from June last year.
The median U.S. home price climbed 23.4% from a year earlier to a record $363,300.
At the end of June, the inventory of unsold homes stood at just 1.25 million homes for sale, down 18.8% from a year ago.
At the current sales pace, that amounts to a 2.6 months' supply, the NAR said.