New Home Sales Backing Down From Recent Highs


New home
sales failed to build on their September momentum, although the October
downturn was not a large one. The Census Bureau and the Department of Housing
and Urban Development said today that sales of newly constructed homes in
October were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 563,000 units, 1.9 percent
less than in September but 17.8 percent higher than in October 2015.  

sales appeared to have marked a strong comeback from a particularly week August
but, while still an improvement on that month, have now been revised downward
from 593,000 to 574,000 units.



polled by Econoday were expecting sales to come in at a rate in the range of
580,000 to 620,000
with a consensus of 590,000.

On a
non-seasonally adjusted basis there were an estimated 45,000 homes sold during
the month, the same number as in September. 

The median
of a new home sold during the month was $304,500 and the average sales
price was $354,900.  In October, 2015 the
relative prices were $298,700 and $366,900.

At the end
of the reporting period there were an approximately 246,000 new homes available
for sale, an estimated supply of 5.2 months at the current rate of sale.  Homes sold during October were on the market
a median of 3.0 months and about 80 percent were sold before construction was

New home sales in the Northeast region were at a
rate 9.1 percent lower than in September and 6.1 percent below that of a year
earlier.  The Midwest saw sales down 13.7
percent month-over-month but up by 8.6 percent on an annual basis.  In the South sales edged down by 3.0 percent
in October but remained 17.9 percent higher than in October 2015, and the West had
strong gains for both the month and the year of 8.8 percent and 18.7 percent

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