Existing home sales fall unexpectedly in April (by Greg Robb)
WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) - Sales of existing single-family homes and condos fell 0.8% in April to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.05 million, the National Association of Realtors reported Thursday. The decline was a surprise. Economists surveyed by MarketWatch expected sales to rise to 5.25 million units in April, based on a surge in pending home sales in March. Sales rose a revised 3.5% in March to 5.09 million units, down from the initial estimate of a 3.7% rise to 5.1 million units. The median price of homes sold was down 5% in April from last year at $163,700. Inventories of existing homes for sale rose 9.9% to 3.87 million units in April, representing 9.2 months' supply, up from 8.3 months in March.