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Sept. 22, 2021, 10:04 a.m. EDT

Existing-home sales retreat in August as buyers wait for better prices

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By Jacob Passy

Existing-home sales dropped 2% to a seasonally-adjusted, annual rate of 5.88 million in August, the National Association of Realtors said Wednesday. Compared with August 2020, home sales were down 1.5%. Economists polled by MarketWatch had projected existing-home sales to come in at 5.87 million. The median sales price of an existing home was up nearly 15% year-over-year at $356,700.

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