Home sales hit 8-year-high, RealtyTrac says
International cash buyers and FHA loans fuel double-digit percentage spikes in sales of single-family homes and condos in some cities.
Sales of single-family homes and condominiums in August hit an eight-year high nationally, and some cities are on pace to see their best sales numbers in a decade, according to RealtyTrac’s August 2015 U.S. Home Sales Report. According to the report, sales of single-family homes and condos in August increased 5.4 percent from the same period last year, with nearly 1.95 million homes sold -- the highest total for the first eight months of the year that RealtyTrac has reported since 2007, when there were nearly 2.12 million sales. Certain local markets are experiencing particularly steady home sales, RealtyTrac said. Out of 204 metro areas surveyed, 58 are on track to reach nine-year highs in home sales this year, and another 22 cities are poised to reach 10-year highs. C...
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