New-Home Sales Surge 15.6 Percent in JanuaryFebruary 28th, 2013 by DWM Magazine
Sales of newly built, single-family homes rose 15.6 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 437,000 units in January, according to newly released figures from HUD and the U.S. Census Bureau. Amidst this quickened sales pace—the fastest since July of 2008–the months’ supply of new homes for sale fell to its lowest level in nearly eight years.
“Today’s report shows a strong revival in new-home sales across all regions of the country and bodes well for the upcoming spring buying season,” says NAHB chief economist David Crowe. “That said, the razor-thin supply of new homes for sale is very concerning at a time when we are only about half-way back to what could be considered a ‘normal’ level of activity. Builders need to be able to refresh their inventories to keep the momentum going.”
New-home sales posted solid gains across every region in January, including a 27.6-percent increase in the Northeast, an 11.1-percent gain in the Midwest, a 3.2-percent gain in the South and a 45.3-percent gain in the West.
The inventory of new homes for sale held unchanged at a relatively meager 150,000 units in January. This amounts to a 4.1 months’ supply at the current sales pace–the smallest months’ supply since March of 2005.