New home sales remain stable in September
Thursday, October 24, 2019 from Floor Covering Weekly
“New home sales inched down in September, but the ongoing trend remains positive as builders increase their production,” said Greg Ugalde, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Torrington, Conn.
“Sales volume is expected to improve slightly in the coming months as more newly-built inventory arrives,” said Jing Fu, NAHB’s director of forecasting and analysis.
A new home sale occurs when a sales contract is signed or a deposit is accepted. The home can be in any stage of construction: not yet started, under construction or completed. In addition to adjusting for seasonal effects, the September reading of 701,000 units is the number of homes that would sell if this pace continued for the next 12 months.
The inventory of new homes for sale was 321,000 in September, representing a 5.5 months’ supply. The median sales price was $299,400. The median price of a new home sale a year earlier was $328,300.
Regionally, and on a year-to-date basis, new home sales are 12.8 percent higher in the South and 7.3 percent higher in the West. Sales are down 10.3 percent in the Northeast and 10.6 percent in the Midwest.