We are not even getting our annual "the housing market has bottomed since anything housing related is spiking in the summer - as it does EVERY year, since its SEASONAL" move this year. Quite putrid. I remain of the mind we are YEARS away from a real rebound in housing.
Ironic data for the day Zillow (Z) comes public.
- Home sales fell 0.8% last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.77 million homes, the National Association of Realtors said Wednesday. That's far below the 6 million homes per year that economists say represents a healthy housing market.
- Through the first six months of this year, the sales pace is behind last year's 4.91 million homes sold -- the weakest sales in 13 years. Sales have fallen in four of the past five years.
- The Realtors' group said a record number of people who signed contracts canceled deals last month. Roughly 16 percent of home deals were canceled last month, the highest level since such records began being kept more than a year ago. Some buyers have canceled purchases after appraisals showed that the homes were worth less than the buyers' initial bids. A sale isn't final until a mortgage is closed.