US home price gains slow; new home sales pick up

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NEW YORK: US home price gains slowed to a more sustainable pace in May as more properties, including newly built homes, hit the market, S&P Dow Jones Indices reported on Tuesday.

S&P’s Case-Shiller index for home prices in the 20 top cities fell 0.1 percent from April and was up 5.2 percent from a year ago, slower than the 5.4 percent pace the previous month.

The strongest markets continued to be the northwest hubs Seattle and Portland, as well as Denver, Colorado.

Previously hot markets New York and Washington, DC have slowed as buyers resist higher prices.


Meanwhile, the Commerce Department reported that new home sales across the US accelerated in June to the fastest pace in eight years.

June sales rose 3.5 percent from May to an annual rate of 592,000 units.

“Much stronger than expected, with no sign of any loss of upward momentum,” said Jim O’Sullivan, chief US economist at High Frequency Economics.

AFP

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