Luxury Home Market in U.S. Remains Chilly in Mid 2019

Redfin | August 13, 2019

Property broker Redfin is reporting this week that the average U.S. sales price for luxury homes nationwide increased 1 percent year over year to $1.64 million in the second quarter of 2019. This marks a modest return to the trend of rising luxury home prices, which was interrupted by a 1.7 percent decline in the first quarter of this year.

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The information in this infographic comes from a video of NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun talking about his 2015 housing market expectations. He expects existing-home sales to rise about 7 percent in 2015 behind a strengthening economy, solid job gains and a healthy increase in home prices.

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The information in this infographic comes from a video of NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun talking about his 2015 housing market expectations. He expects existing-home sales to rise about 7 percent in 2015 behind a strengthening economy, solid job gains and a healthy increase in home prices.

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