Tuesday, August 23, 2016

New Home Sales increased to 654,000 Annual Rate in July, Highest since October 2007

by Bill McBride on 8/23/2016 10:10:00 AM

CR Note: I'm in NYC for a few days and having a great time. Sorry - no graphs until I return home.

The Census Bureau reports New Home Sales in July were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) of 654 thousand.

The previous three months were revised down by a total of 12 thousand (SAAR).

"Sales of new single-family houses in July 2016 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 654,000, according to estimates released jointly today by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. This is 12.4 percent (±12.7%)* above the revised June rate of 582,000 and is 31.3 percent (±19.9%) above the July 2015 estimate of 498,000."
emphasis added
The months of supply decreased in July to 4.3 months.

The all time record was 12.1 months of supply in January 2009.

This is now in the normal range (less than 6 months supply is normal).
"The seasonally adjusted estimate of new houses for sale at the end of July was 233,000. This represents a supply of 4.3 months at the current sales rate"
This was well above expectations of 580,000 sales SAAR in July.   This was a strong report.  I'll have more later this week when I return home.