Huge Thud In New Home Sales, Down 12.2 Percent In November

New home sales from Census Department, chart by MishLet’s review the November Census Bureau report on New Residential Construction.

  • New Home Sales Sales of new single-family houses in November 2023 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 590,000, according to estimates released jointly today by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. This is 12.2 percent (±15.6 percent) below the revised October rate of 672,000, but is 1.4 percent (±19.8 percent) above the November 2022 estimate of 582,000.
  • Sales Price The median sales price of new houses sold in November 2023 was $434,700. The average sales price was $488,900.
  • For Sale Inventory and Months’ Supply The seasonally‐adjusted estimate of new houses for sale at the end of November was 451,000. This represents a supply of 9.2 months at the current sales rate.
  • New Home Sales Since 1963Interesting New Home Sale Facts

  • Down 12.2% since last month
  • Down 27.2% since January 2022
  • Down 47.2% since August 2020
  • Down 57.5% from the record high in July of 2005
  • Up 118.5% from the February 2011 record low
  • Down 11.3 percent from July of 1963
  • New Homes For Sale By Stage of ConstructionFictional Homes For Sale

  • Of the allegedly 451,000 homes for sale only 78,000 are completed.
  • 106,000 of the 439,000 homes for sale have not even broken ground.
  • Fictional Supply of Homes for SaleBased on fictional sales and a fictional number of homes for sale, the Census Department calculates the fictional supply of new homes at 9.2 months. This is a seldom exceeded fictional number.Housing Starts Jump 14.8 in NovemberHousing starts jumped 14.8 percent in November led by single family construction, up 18 percent. Revisions were negative.Housing data from Commerce Department, chart by MishIn contrast to new home sales Housing Starts Jump 14.8 Percent but Permits Sink 2.5 PercentThis makes today’s new home sales report more interesting.Existing Home SalesExisting-home sales courtesy of the National Association of Realtors via the St. Louis FedIn November, Existing Home Sales Rose 0.8 Percent, Only the Third Increase in 22 MonthsThe National Association of Realtors chief economist, Lawrence Yun, eyes a “marked turn“.I am more than a bit skeptical of major turn because prices and mortgage rates are still too high. However, we are likely in a bottoming process IF the economy holds up.See the above link for discussion of my thoughts vs Yun.More By This Author:Biden Is Using The Term Bidenomics Again, What Else Can He Do? Existing Home Sales Rise 0.8 Percent, Only The Third Increase In 22 Months U.S. Steel Bought By A Japanese Company, Thank Tariffs


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