US New Home Sales Dive 7.6% in August

US New Home Sales Dive 7.6% in August

US New Home Sales Dive 7.6% in August


The US Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development reported Monday morning that sales of new homes in August slipped to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 609,000, a decrease of 7.6% below the revised July rate of 659,000 and an increase of 20.6% compared with the August 2015 rate of 505,000.

The consensus estimate from a survey of economists expected a rate of around 598,000. The April rate was revised downward by 48,000.

At the peak in Y 2005, new home sales posted a seasonally adjusted annual rate of nearly 1.4-M.

The Census Bureau also reported that the median sales price for new homes sold in August fell by $10,600 from $294,600 in July to $284,000, and the average home sales price fell by $2,200 to $353,600. At the end of August the number of new homes for sale totaled 235,000 and represented a supply of 4.6 months at the current sales rate.

In August, 55% of the estimated 50,000 monthly home sales were sales for homes priced at less than $300,000. The percentage is 3 points higher than the July rate.

Sales of homes priced between $300,000 and $399,999 fell by three points to 20% of all sales.

Sales of homes in the range of $400,000 to $499,999 rose fell from 12% of sales to 10%, and sales rose from 9% to 10% for homes sold in a range of $500,000 to $749,999.

Home sales for properties priced above $750,000 accounted for 5% of all new home sales in August, up from 4% in July.

The increase in sales of lower-priced homes is the primary factor in the sharp drop in median and average prices in August. That may be good news because lower-priced homes are typically the choice of 1st-time buyers.

Monday, the major US stock market indexes finished at: DJIA -166.62 at 18094.83, NAS Comp -48.26 at 5257.49, S&P 500 -18.59 at 2146.10

Volume: Trade was below recent averages with about 755-M/shares exchanged on the NYSE

  • Russell 2000: +9.3% YTD
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  • NAS Comp: +5.0% YTD
  • DJIA +3.8% YTD
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