Sales of existing homes posted an unexpected increase last month, closing out the worst year for the real estate market in more than a decade.
The National Association of Realtors said Monday that sales of existing homes rose 6.5 percent to an annual rate of 4.74 million in December, from a downwardly revised pace of 4.45 million in November.
The results were better than expected. December’s sales had been forecasted to fall to a pace of 4.4 million units, according to Thomson Reuters.
New York Times