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US Oil Inventories On Rise, Existing Home Sales Come In Worse Than Expected

‘There is a small supply of homes for sale and great demand for them, and that’s driving prices higher in many markets. We believe the strong appetite for homes will continue, people just need more homes to choose from.’ – Gino Blefari, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

Residential home sales plunged in February despite the promising start of the year. Contrary to experts’ forecasts, total existing home sales slipped 3.7% over the month of February. Nevertheless, last month’s results were still 5.4% higher than a year ago. According to the National Association of Realtors, the drop was mainly attributable to shortage of homes in the affordable price range. In February, the median house price soared 7.7%, which tags the 60th consecutive monthly increase. Realtors cannot satisfy the demand because more prosperous buyers quickly acquire newly listed houses and, thus, leave minimal choices to the remaining customers. Consequently, housing inventories went up 4.2% but still remained lower than a year ago. The other data revealed that on the week ended March 17, US crude oil inventories surged 5.0M barrels, which significantly exceeds experts’ forecasts. Moreover, the week highlighted the tenth increase in the last eleven weeks and presented a new record of 533.1M barrels.

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