After slowing in August, sales of previously owned homes rebounded in September, according to the National Association of Realtors. Existing home sales – which include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums, and co-ops – increased 4.7 percent from the month before and are now 8.8 percent above last year’s pace. Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist, said moderating home prices and still-low mortgage rates are keeping demand strong. “September home sales bounced back solidly after slowing in August and are now at their second highest pace since February 2007,” Yun said. “While current price growth around 6 percent is still roughly double the pace of wages, affordability has slightly improved since the spring and is helping to keep demand at a strong and sustained pace.” In fact, prices rose year-over-year for the 43rd consecutive month in September. But, while price increases are driven, in part, by a lower-than-normal number of homes available for sale, they also lead to increasing equity for current homeowners. And, as equity has improved, more current homeowners have been motivated to put their homes up for sale. This is helping to moderate price increases, in addition to boosting inventory and the number of trade-up buyers active in the market. More here.