Sales of newly constructed single-family homes slipped
slightly in October; the second month sales have declined. The U.S. Census
Bureau and Department of Housing and Urban Development reported that the month’s
sales were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 999,000, a decrease of 0.3
percent compared to September’s revised sales of 1,002,000. New home sales in
October were 41.5 percent higher than those in October 2019.
Both August and September sales numbers were revised
higher in this month’s report. September’s sales were originally reported at
959,000 and August sales, which had been revised down to 994,000 from a much
higher original rate, were boosted back up to 1,001,000.
October’s sales were higher than expected. Analysts
polled by Econoday had forecasts over a range of 935,000 to 1,035,000
with a consensus of 975,000. The forecast from Trading Economics was
On a non-adjusted basis there were 80,000 new homes
sold during the month compared to 79,000 in September. On a year-to-date basis,
sales have totaled 704,000 units, a 20.6 percent increase over the 584,000 sold
during the first 10 months of 2019.
The median price of homes sold during the period was
$330,600 compared to $322,400 in October of last year. The average price was
$386,200, up from $380,300 last year.
There were an estimated 278,000 new homes on the
market at the end of October. This is estimated at a 3.3-month supply. Both the
total number and the month’s supply were unchanged from September, but a year
earlier there were 321,000 homes available, a 5.5-month supply.
Sales in the Northeast rose 5.1 percent from September
to a rate of 41,000 units. This was 86.4 percent higher than the sales in
October 2019. In the Midwest there was an increase of 11.2 percent for the
month to a 109,000-unit annual rate, year-over-year growth of 51.4 percent.
Sales dipped 2.0 percent in the South to 580,000
annual units but remained 40.1 percent higher than a year earlier. In the West
there was no change from September, leaving the sales at an annual rate of 278,000
units. This is 13.4 percent fewer sales than during the prior October.