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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Lennar: June Home Sales off 20% to 25% from 2009

by Calculated Risk on 6/24/2010 02:43:00 PM

From Bloomberg: Lennar Home Sales Down as Much as 25% in June as Tax Credit Ends, CEO Says (ht Brian)

Lennar Corp.’s home sales are down 20 percent to 25 percent this month compared with a year earlier ... Chief Executive Officer Stuart Miller said.

“The entire market knew there’d be a slowdown as we came off the tax credit,” Miller said on a conference call with investors today. “It’s just that the reality of it doesn’t feel good.”
In June 2009, new home sales were at a 396K seasonally adjusted annual rate. This is just one home builder, but a 20% to 25% decline would put sales in June at about the record low level of May. This is almost certain to the worst June sales rate since the Census Bureau started keeping records in 1963.