Many Federal Reserve district banks are seeing an increase in home sales, according to the Fed's Beige Book.
"A number of districts reported an uptick in home sales, and many said that new home construction appeared to be stabilizing at very low levels," the Beige Book says.
The reporting district banks cited seasonal factors, low interest rates and declining house prices as well as the tax credit available for certain first-time homebuyers. They noted that, "much of the sales increase was found in the lower-priced end of the market."
The New York and Cleveland Federal Reserve banks said they saw "strong demand" for refinancings. But the Richmond bank indicated there has been "waning" demand due to rising interest rates.
Commercial real estate markets continued to "weaken," the Beige Books says, as rising vacancy rates have been putting downward pressure on rents.