New Home Sales Reach Highest Level since February 2008
Sales of newly built, single-family homes rose 3.5 percent in June from an upwardly revised May reading to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 592,000 units, according to data released July 26, 2016, by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. New home sales are up 9.3 percent in the second quarter of 2016 from the first quarter.
“This positive report is in line with our forecast for a gradual recovery of the housing market,” said NAHB Chairman Ed Brady, a home builder and developer from Bloomington, Ill. “For builders to meet the increasing demand for housing, we need to address supply-side headwinds such as shortages of lots and labor.”
“The fact that new home sales reached their highest pace in over eight years shows the housing market is gaining momentum,” said NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz. “The market should continue to firm throughout the year, propelled by low mortgage interest rates and solid growth in employment.”
The inventory of new homes for sale was 244,000 in June, which is a 4.9-month supply at the current sales pace. The median sales price of new houses sold was $306,700.
Regionally, new home sales rose by 10.9 percent in the West and 10.4 percent in the Midwest. Sales fell by 0.3 percent in the South and 5.6 percent in the Northeast.