U.S. Home Sales Uptick in July

National Association of Realtors | August 22, 2019

According to the National Association of Realtors, existing-home sales in the U.S. strengthened in July 2019, a positive reversal after total sales were down slightly in the previous month. Although Northeast transactions declined, the other three major U.S. regions recorded sales increases, including vast growth in the West last month.

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