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US existing home sales rise 2 percent, beat expectations

U.S. abode sales increased more than expected in October as hurricane-related disruptions vanished, but a chronic shortage of houses which is pushing prices beyond the reach of some first-time clients remains an obstacle.

The National Association of Realtors said on Tuesday that continuing home sales rose 2.0 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual class of 5.48 million units last month. September’s sales rate of speed was revised down to 5.37 million units from the previously on 5.39 million units.

Economists polled by Reuters had forecast to the quick sales rising 0.7 percent to a 5.42 million-unit rate in October. The NAR revealed sales in Houston and Jacksonville, regions which bore the brunt of Cyclones Harvey and Irma, had rebounded. Sales in South Florida, however, remained breakable last month.

Sales in the South, which accounts for almost half of the existing homes reduced in price on the markets market, increased 1.9 percent last month. There were also emoluments in sales in the Northeast, Midwest and West regions.

Existing home tradings make up about 90 percent of U.S. home sales. They mow down 0.9 percent on a year-on-year basis in October.

Home sales abided well below a 10-year-high 5.70 million-unit pace touched in Slog. Sales have been restrained by an acute shortage of properties, which is effecting upward pressure on house prices, and sidelining some first-time customers.

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