US New Home Sales Rose 2.5% in December as Lower Mortgage Rates Spur Some Buying

New home sales increased 2.3% month-over-month in December to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 616,000 units (consensus 614,000) from a downwardly revised 602,000 (from 640,000) in November. On a year-over-year basis, new home sales were down 26.6%. We have seen in the weekly mortgage applications reports that the pullback in mortgage rates has spurred some renewed demand among home buyers. Reality is though with rates over 6.2%, inflation high- and real-income lower affordability and supply pressures remain for many prospective buyers.

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US new home sales for December 2022

  • Sales of new single‐family houses in December 2022 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 616,000, according to estimates released jointly today by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. This is 2.3 percent (±18.5 percent)* above the revised November rate of 602,000, but is 26.6 percent (±13.2 percent) below the December 2021 estimate of 839,000.
  • An estimated 644,000 new homes were sold in 2022. This is 16.4 percent (±3.8 percent) below the 2021 figure of771,000.
  • The median sales price of new houses sold in December 2022 was $442,100. The average sales price was $528,400.
  • The seasonally‐adjusted estimate of new houses for sale at the end of December was 461,000. This represents a supply of 9.0 months at the current sales rate.

New home sales month-over-month/year-over-year by region:

  • Northeast (-19.4/-21.6%)
  • Midwest (+35.2%/-14.1%)
  • South (+6.5%/-17.5%)
  • West (-15.3%/-49.6%)

Note new home sales in the West has the highest concentration of higher-priced homes.

The report confirms the effect of rates and new home sales remain concentrated in higher-priced homes, as inflation pressures, pushed by supply constraints and labor shortages, are curtailing the building of lower-priced homes and pinching affordability for lower-income buyers.

United States New Home Sales

Existing home sales account for 90% of US transactions and are calculated on a contract close basis. New home sales account for the remaining 10% and are based on contract signings.

The big question is after the surge in rates and slash in rates how much damage has been done with the massive wealth erosion.


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