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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

More on May New Home Sales

by Calculated Risk on 6/26/2007 03:32:00 PM

For more graphs, please see my earlier post: May New Home Sales

New Home Sales and RecessionsClick on graph for larger image.

The first graph shows New Home Sales vs. Recession for the last 35 years. New Home sales were falling prior to every recession, with the exception of the business investment led recession of 2001. This should raise concerns about a possible consumer led recession in the months ahead.

New Home Sales and Recessions
For Fun: Here is the same graph after the December 2006 sales were reported just a few months ago. The housing bust was "over". Not! The bounce back was revised away.

Once again, this reminds us to take the "just reported" data with a grain of salt. As reported this morning, much of the surprise "bounce back" in April has already been revised away.

New Home Sales
The third graph compares annual New Home Sales vs. Not Seasonally Adjusted (NSA) New Home Sales through April.

Typically, for an average year, about 44% of all new home sales happen before the end of May. At the current pace, new home sales for 2007 will probably be under 900 thousand - about the same level as the late '90s. This is significantly below the forecasts of even many bearish forecasters.

As a final note, this puts total reported inventory at a record 4.967 million units (4.431 existing homes and 0.536 new homes).