Real estate sales rise 19.2% in May

NAR credits tax credits for propelling market

Closings for existing-home sales were up 19.2 percent year-over-year in May — a robust rate of activity the National Association of Realtors attributed to the federal homebuyer tax credit program.

"We are witnessing the ongoing effects of the homebuyer tax credit, which we’ll also see in June real estate closings," said Lawrence Yun, the association’s chief economist, in a statement.

Closed sales transactions of existing single-family homes, townhouses, condominiums and co-ops were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.66 million units last month, down 2.2 percent from April’s upwardly revised 5.79 million units, the report said.