New-Home Sales Post Solid November Numbers

December 30th, 2013 by DWM Magazine

Sales of newly built, single-family homes declined 2.1 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 464,000 units in November from an upwardly revised strong pace of 474,000 units in the previous month, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. Except for October 2013, this is the strongest sales pace since July of 2008, according to officials.

“This figure is consistent with National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) member surveys, which show increasing confidence in the market,” says Rick Judson, chairman of the NAHB and a home builder from Charlotte, N.C. “Meanwhile, the very low supply of new homes on the market and tight credit conditions for home buyers show that builders are still cautious about getting ahead of themselves.”

“The previous three months for new-home sales have all been revised up, and the final quarter of 2013 is shaping up to be the best quarter since the second quarter of 2008,” says David Crowe, NAHB chief economist. “Historically low interest rates, affordable home prices and a healing economy are bringing buyers back into the marketplace.”

Regionally, new-home sales were mixed in November. Both the West and the Northeast showed improvement, with respective increases of 31.1 percent and 15.2 percent. New-home sales in the Midwest dropped by 26.6 percent and the South posted a 9.1 percent decline.

The inventory of new homes for sale declined to 167,000 units in November, which is a 4.3-month supply at the current sales pace.

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