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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

February New Home Sales

by Calculated Risk on 3/26/2008 10:00:00 AM

According to the Census Bureau report, New Home Sales in February were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 590 thousand. Sales for January were revised up to 601 thousand.

New Home Sales Click on Graph for larger image.

Sales of new one-family houses in February 2008 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 590,000 ... This is 1.8 percent below the revised January rate of 601,000 and is 29.8 percent below the February 2007 estimate of 840,000.

New Home Sales Inventory

The seasonally adjusted estimate of new houses for sale at the end of February was 471,000.

Inventory numbers from the Census Bureau do not include cancellations - and cancellations are once again at record levels. Actual New Home inventories are probably much higher than reported - my estimate is about 100K higher.

Still, the 471,000 units of inventory is below the levels of the last year, and it appears that even including cancellations, inventory is now falling.

New Home Sales Months of Inventory
This represents a supply of 9.8 months at the current sales rate.

This is another weak report for New Home sales, and I'll have some analysis later today on New Home Sales.