U.S. home sales fell in January to their lowest level in more than three years and house prices rose only modestly, suggesting a further loss of momentum in the housing market.
The National Association of Realtors said on Thursday existing home sales dropped 1.2 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.94 million units last month.
That was the lowest level since November 2015 and well below analysts' expectations of a rate of 5.0 million units. December's sales pace was revised slightly higher.
The drop in January came after months of weakness in the U.S. housing market. Existing home sales were down 8.5 percent from a year ago.