Existing home sales snapped back in September as more inventory hit the market.
The number of contracts closed last month rose 7% to a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 6.29 million, according to the National Association of Realtors. Analysts surveyed by Refinitiv were expecting a 3.6% increase to 6.09 million contracts closed.
Sales were down 2.3% from September 2020.
"Some improvement in supply during prior months helped nudge up sales in September," said Lawrence Yun, NAR's chief economist.
Total housing inventory at the end of September was 1.27 million units, down 0.8% from August and 13% below a year ago (1.46 million). There was a 2.4-month supply of unsold inventory, down 7.7% from August and down from 2.7 months the year prior.
The median existing home price for all types of housing was $352,800, up 13.3% from September 2020. September marked the 115th straight month of year-over-year gains.