WASHINGTON (June 26) - Sales of existing homes edged up slightly in
May, although median home prices continued to fall.
The National Association of Realtors reported that sales of
existing single-family homes and condominiums rose by 2 percent to
4.99 million units last month.
It was only the second sales increase in the past 10 months, but
it was not viewed as a sustained rebound. Many economists believe
that prices will have to decline more before the housing industry
can mount a sustained recovery.
The median price of an existing home sold in May dropped to
$208,600, a fall of 6.3 percent from a year go. That was the fifth
biggest year-over-year price decline in records that go back to