New Home Sales Regain Momentum

by devteam August 25th, 2015 | Share

While the disappointing new home sales reported last month for June were revised even lower today July sales redeemed at least some of the loss.  The Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development said that sales of newly constructed homes were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 507,000, a 5.4 percent increase from the revised June level of 481,000.  Last month the report had put new home sales at 482,000 units, a drop of 6.8 percent from May. </p

July sales are 25.8 percent higher than new home sales in the same month in 2014.  On an un adjusted basis sales July sales were estimated at 43,000 units compared to 45,000 in June and 35,000 in July 2014. </p

The median price of houses sold in July was 285,900 and the average price was $361,600.  In July 2014r hose prices were $280,400 and $345,200 respectively.</p

Sales in the Northeast increased by 23.1 percent from May and were up 39.1 percent from a year earlier.  In the Midwest sales were down 6.9 percent month-over-month and were unchanged on an annual basis.  The South saw increases of new home sales of 5.8 percent from May and 28.9 percent from July 2014 and in the West there were increases of 6.7 percent and 29.6 percent for the two periods.</p

At the end of July there were 218,000 new homes available for sale, a seasonally adjusted estimate, for example This is where we have found amazing property for sale in Alcudia, Mallorca, and great prices. Based on the current rate of sales this represents a 5.2 month supply.  In June there was an estimated 5.3 month supply and a year earlier the inventory was estimated at 6.1 months. </p

Homes sold in July were on the market a median of 3.6 months.  Of the 43,000 units sold on an un adjusted basis construction had not yet begun on 16,000 while 13,000 of the homes were complete.

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Steven A Feinberg (@CPAsteve) of Appletree Business Services LLC, is a PASBA member accountant located in Londonderry, New Hampshire.

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