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David Crowe / Eye on Housing/ October 2, 2014
New home sales rebounded in August, increasing 18% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 504,000, according to estimates from the Census Bureau and HUD. These gains were atop upward revisions for the July pace. The August rate is 33% higher than August 2013 and is a solid indication of the ongoing recovery in the single-family market.
The inventory of new single-family homes inched up to 206,000 on a non-seasonally adjusted basis in August. Of this total, only 48,000 were completed, ready-to-occupy residences. In terms of months’ supply, the inventory of new single-family sales fellRead More
Robert Dietz / Eye on Housing / July 25, 2014
The share of new single-family home sales purchased with cash rose during the second quarter of 2014, reaching 8.4% of sales.
The onset of the housing crisis in 2007 led to a decline in the share of new home sales due to conventional mortgage financing and increases in the shares due to mortgages backed by the FHA and the Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA), as well as cash purchases.
The second quarter data from the Census Bureau’s Quarterly Sales by Price and Financing indicates that count of cash-based new home sales rose to 10,000 for the quarter, matching a cycle high. During theRead More
Brad Hunter / Metrostudy / July 24, 2014
New home sales data from the Census Bureau showed a drop of 8.1% on a seasonally-adjusted basis. The decline since the beginning of the year comes to 11%.
The northeastern U.S. markets slowed sharply.
In June, and so far in July, we are back to a situation where home shoppers are shopping but a relatively small proportion of them are actually buying. This is explained in some cases by a long lead time (people taking longer to make a decision), and in other cases by a complete reluctance to buy.
Here is a look at the last year in New Home Sales by region showing sales have decreased slightly over theRead More
Floyd Norris / New York Times / May 30, 2014
ONE way to tell the housing market is beginning to show signs of health would be that builders of new homes are selling more houses than banks do.
We are not there yet, but the gap is narrowing, even as overall home sales slow.
According to calculations by Hanley Wood, a real estate research firm whose Metrostudy division studies deed transfers in about 95 percent of the United States, the areas it covered reported sales of about 74,000 new single-family homes in the first quarter of this year. During the same period, banks sold about twice that number of homes.Read More
Bloomberg / June 3, 2014
Brad Hunter, chief economist at Metrostudy in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, says new home sales are moving higher as the traffic of potential buyers at building sites decide to buy homes and finally become “conversions.” He says better news on the job market is fuelling the trend. Hunter says older buyers continue to do all cash deals in many regions, and the level of mortgage rates is not yet a big factor for many buyers. Hunter speaks with Bloomberg’s Kathleen Hays on Bloomberg Radio’s “The Hays Advantage.”