Sales of existing U.S. homes fell
in March after a huge gain the previous month, held back partly by a sharp
slowdown among the most expensive properties.
The National Association of
Realtors said Monday home sales fell 4.9% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate
of 5.21 million, down from 5.48 million in February. The drop followed an 11.2%
gain the previous month, the largest in more than three years.
Home sales are struggling to
rebound after slumping in the second half of last year, when a jump in mortgage
rates to nearly 5% discouraged many would-be buyers. Spring buying is so far
running behind last year’s healthy gains: Sales were 5.4% below where they were
a year earlier.
Most analysts expect sales to rebound in the coming months. Borrowing costs have since fallen back to an average of 4.2% on a 30-year fixed mortgage. And solid hiring is pushing employers to pay higher wages, making it easier for more Americans to afford a home purchase.
Applications for mortgages to purchase homes have been running at a healthy pace in recent months, evidence that final sales should pick up in the coming months. Demand remains strong, with homes on the market for an average of 36 days in March, down from 44 in February.
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ATLANTIC CITY — Casino gaming revenue was up for
the ninth consecutive month in February, according to state gaming regulators.
Total gaming revenue for the month was $232.3
million, an increase of 21 percent compared to February 2018, based on data
released Wednesday by the state Division of Gaming Enforcement.
Casino revenue in the resort has increased by
double digits every month since the opening of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Atlantic City and Ocean Resort Casino in June. The continued growth of online
casino gaming and the addition of a new revenue source from sports betting have
also contributed to the industry’s winning streak.
Casino win — revenue generated from slot and table
games — was up more than $26 million last month compared to the same time in
2018, an increase of 15.7 percent. Table games accounted for $57 million in
revenue, which is up 24.4 percent. Slot machine win increased by 12.4 percent
with reported revenue last month of $139.6 million.
Sports betting, which was introduced to Atlantic
City casinos in June, reported revenue of $3.875 million for the month. The
figure also includes sports betting revenue generated by online and mobile
partners. The state’s two racetracks that offer sports betting — Monmouth Park
and Meadowlands — reported revenue of $8.86 million. February was the first
time legal bets on the Super Bowl were permitted in New Jersey.
Online and mobile sports betting continued to
account for the majority of wagers in the Garden State. Of the $320.4 million
wagered in February, 80.8 percent was done online or through a mobile
Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said yesterday that the average rate on the benchmark 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage rose to 4.46 percent, from 4.45 percent last week. Despite the recent declines, home borrowing rates are above last year's levels. The key 30-year rate averaged 4.22 percent a year ago.
The average rate this week for 15-year, fixed-rate loans ticked up to 3.89 percent from 3.88 percent.
The Federal Reserve held its benchmark interest rate steady Wednesday and sent its strongest signal to date that it sees no need to raise rates anytime soon.
The average fee on 30-year fixed-rate mortgages rose this week to 0.5 point from 0.4 point. The fee on 15-year mortgages held steady at 0.4 point.
The average rate for five-year adjustable-rate mortgages increased to 3.96 percent from 3.90 percent last week. The fee was unchanged at 0.3 point.
were down 2.6% compared to September 2017 but are up 7.7% year-to-date. Prices
were down 2.5% compared to last September and are now the same year-to-date.
Foreclosure sales were 21% of September's sales, down from 23% in September
number of homes for sale during September decreased by 0.6% and is 14.6% below
the 2017 level compared to an 18% shortfall throughout the region. The Months
Supply of Inventory is at 4.9 months, down from 6.0 months a year ago.
were down 2.6% compared to last September but are up 7.7% year-to-date.
Foreclosure sales were down 14% from September 2017 and comprised 21% of all
sales in September while normal sales were up 1.7% from September 2017. The
Property Marketing Period was 44 days, down from 50 days last September.
median sold price in September was down 2.5% from last September and is the
same as 2017 year-to-date. When the foreclosure sales are removed, the
non-foreclosure sales had a median sales price of $195,000 compared $197,000
last September, a 1.0% decrease.
sold price to original list price ratio of 96.2% was above the normal range of
93-95%. In September the sold price to list price ratio was at 98.4% compared
to 98.2% last year.
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