The sales of second-hand houses in the United States in July were higher than expected, and the decline in mortgage interest rates continued to promote the development of the housing market, which is becoming one of the key drivers of economic recovery. According to the data released by the National Association of real estate agents (NAR) on Friday, the sales of second-hand houses increased by 24.7% in July, or 587 units per year, the highest level since the end of 2006, reflecting the general rebound of the housing market in the United States. The median forecast of economists polled by Bloomberg is 5.41 million sets. Unadjusted prices rose 8.5 per cent year-on-year to the highest level on record. < / P > < p > “the real estate market has passed through the recovery phase and is now in a booming period,” Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist, said in a telephone call to reporters. “Of course, record low mortgage rates are bringing more buyers into the market.” Last month, there were 1.5 million second-hand houses for sale, a decrease of 21.1% compared with July 2019, the 14th consecutive month of year-on-year decline, and the lowest level in the same period since records.