Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Record October New Home Sales: 1.424 Million

by Bill McBride on 11/29/2005 10:10:00 AM

According to the Census Bureau report, New Home Sales in October were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.424 million vs. market expectations of 1.20 million. September sales were revised up to 1.260 million from 1.222 million.

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NOTE: The graph starts at 700 thousand units per month to better show monthly variation.

Sales of new one-family houses in October 2005 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,424,000, according to estimates released jointly today by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The Not Seasonally Adjusted monthly rate was 111,000 New Homes sold, up from a revised 101,000 in September.

On a year over year basis, October 2005 sales were 10% higher than October 2004.

The median sales price was stable and previous months were revised upwards.

The median sales price of new houses sold in October 2005 was $231,300; the average sales price was $286,500.

The seasonally adjusted estimate of new houses for sale at the end of October was 496,000. This represents a supply of 4.3 months at the current sales rate.

The 496,000 units of inventory is the all time record for new houses for sale. On a months of supply basis, inventory is at a reasonable level.

This is a very strong report. The pronouncements of the demise of the housing market now appear premature.