U.S. home resales rose in June to their fastest pace in eight months, a signal that the housing market was pulling out of a slump.
The National Association of Realtors said on Tuesday existing home sales increased 2.6 percent to an annual rate of 5.04 million
That was above analysts' expectations and marked the third straight month the pace of home resales accelerated.
The housing recovery stalled in the second half of 2013 as interest rates increased and a dwindling supply of properties available for sale pushed prices sharply higher.
May's rate of sales was revised upward to a 4.91 million unit pace from the previously reported 4.89 million unit rate.
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The number of homes on the market for resale rose to 2.3 million in June, the highest level since August 2012 and 6.5 percent more than in June of last year.
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— By Reuters