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New home sales drop in July after strong spring buying season

Aug. 24, 2017 - Sales of newly built, single-family homes in July fell 9.4 per cent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 571,000 units from an upwardly revised June reading, according to newly released data by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. This was the lowest sales reading since December 2016. Meanwhile, year-to-date, new home sales are 9.2 per cent above their level over the same period last year.


August 24, 2017
By National Association of Home Builders

“Some pull back in new home sales this month is not surprising after strong May and June readings,” said Granger MacDonald, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Kerrville, Texas. “Builders must continue to manage construction costs to ensure houses remain affordable.”

“The year-to-date growth shows that new home sales continue to trend upward at a steady pace over the longer term,” said NAHB Senior Economist Michael Neal. “Steady economic growth and a healthier labor market suggest that the underlying economic fundamentals remain in place for a continued recovery.”

The inventory of new homes for sale was 276,000 in July, which is a 5.8-month supply at the current sales pace.

Regionally, new home sales increased 6.2 per cent in the Midwest. Sales fell 4.1 per cent in the South, 21.3 per cent in the West and 23.8 per cent in the Northeast.

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