The National Association of Realtors says sales edged down 0.2 per cent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.59 million. It was the seventh drop in the past eight months.
Sales rose in the Northeast and Midwest, suggesting that cold winter weather did not slow sales. And the Realtors' group says the scant decline shows that sales are stabilizing and may strengthen in the coming months as the spring buying season picks up. Many Realtors report seeing more potential buyers at open houses.
Fewer homes for sale, higher mortgage rates and rising prices have contributed to lower sales since last summer.