Existing home sales surged 2.1 percent in October rising to 4.79 million.
This beat expectations of an annualized pace of 4.7 million.
The national median existing home price was $178,600 in October, up 11.1 percent from a year ago.
A regional breakdown showed that existing home sales in the Northeast fell 1.7 percent on the month, and median price was up 4.6 percent from a year ago.
In the Midwest existing home sales were up 1.8 percent on the month, while the median price was up 10.6 percent from a year ago.
In the South sales were up 2.1 perfect on the month, and the median price was up 8.2 percent from a year ago. And in the West, sales were up 2.1 percent on the month, and the median price was up 21.2 percent from a year ago.
"Total existing-home sales, which are completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, rose 2.1 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.79 million in October from a downwardly revised 4.69 million in September, and are 10.9 percent above the 4.32 million-unit level in October 2011.
Lawrence Yun , NAR chief economist, said there was some impact from Hurricane Sandy. "Home sales continue to trend up and most October transactions were completed by the time the storm hit, but the growing demand with limited inventory is pressuring home prices in much of the country," he said. "We expect an impact on Northeastern home sales in the coming months from a pause and delays in storm-impacted regions."
Two major housing data points are being released at 10 a.m. ET. Existing home sales for October and the housing market index for September.
Recent data has supported the argument that housing has turned the corner. But existing home sales fell 1.7 percent in September to an annualized pace of 4.75 million units.
In October, existing home sales are expected to decline further to an annualized pace of 4.7 million units.
Existing homes account for a larger share of the housing market than new homes.
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