The latest quarterly report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows that median existing single-family home prices are indicating more balanced conditions.
Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, said there is some volatility in the price performance. "Home prices are more volatile than normal because of sudden upswings in buyer activity in some localities, and also are affected by the prevalence of distressed sales," he said.
He continued that "home prices lag sales activity because the transactions were negotiated mostly in the previous quarter. Given the steadily dwindling supply of inventory and notably higher listing prices that are being negotiated today, prices are expected to show further improvements in the near future."