Sales of existing homes reached the highest pace in a decade at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.69 million.
January marked the 59th consecutive month of year-over-year price gains as the median home price rose 7.1% to $228,900.
NAR’s Chief Economist, Lawrence Yun had this to say, 'Much of the country saw robust sales activity last month as strong hiring and improved consumer confidence at the end of last year appear to have sparked considerable interest in buying a home.'
According to a survey conducted by Bankrate.com, one in four Americans are considering buying a home this year. If this statistic proves to be true, that means that 59 million people will be looking to enter the housing market in 2017.