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New Home Sales: Rebound, No Change in Trend

November 23, 2022
Bottom Line:   New home sales rebounded in October, but there were negative revisions to September data. As builders continue to deliver homes developed prior to the sharp move higher in mortgage rates, new home sales have trended lower but now appear to be settling in around the 2017-2019 levels seen after the change in the tax code, which made reduced the mortgage interest deduction in higher-income states. Still, it is unclear how many of these sales were committed to earlier this year, with borrowers potentially even rate-locking mortgages many months ago. The trend in new home sales was volatile but still trending lower. Additionally, inventories were higher again, as the months' supply metric inched below 9 months, still very high and only seen during and immediately after the financial crisis. Finally, the median and average new home price delivered was sharply higher in October, suggesting the high-end consumer has been able to withstand the increase in mortgage payments. Overall, while the rebound was encouraging, this report does little to change the outlook that housing will remain a drag on economic growth for several more quarters.
New Home Sales ROSE by 7.5% to 632k, after the prior month was revised higher to 642k. This compared with market expectations for a decline to 570k, from the unrevised September level of 603k. Sales are now 5.8% BELOW their year-ago level.
The Inventory of Homes Available for Sale
ROSE by 1.5% to 470k. Inventories are now 21.4% ABOVE their year-ago.
Combined with the increase in sales, the Months' Supply dropped to 8.9 months from 9.4 months. This is modestly ABOVE a normal level of 6.0 months.
Home Prices ROSE with median prices 15.4% ABOVE their year-ago level and with average prices 11.5% ABOVE their year-ago level.
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