New Home Sales Highest in a Decade

December 27th, 2017 by Trey Barrineau

Sales of newly built, single-family homes in November rose 17.5 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 733,000 units, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau.

This is the highest sales pace since July 2007. Year-to-date, new home sales are 9.1 percent above their level over the same period last year.

“The November sales numbers are consistent with our reports of growing builder confidence, particularly big gains in traffic to new home sites,” says Granger MacDonald, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Kerrville, Texas. “Builders are encouraged by the increased demand for housing and expect business to continue to improve in 2018.”

The inventory of new homes for sale was 283,000 in November, which is a 4.6-month supply at the current sales pace. New home sales increased in all four regions. Sales rose 31.1 percent in the West, 14.9 percent in the South, 9.5 percent in the Northeast and 6.9 percent in the Midwest.

“Tax reform legislation should boost economic growth, setting the stage for continued strengthening of the housing market,” says NAHB chief economist Robert Dietz. “Job market growth, expected wage increases and tight existing home inventory will also help the market move forward next year.”

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