New-Home Sales Fall as Buyers Begin to Get Cold Feet in an Expensive Market

The numbers: Sales of newly built homes occurred at a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 841,000 in November, the Census Bureau reported Wednesday. That was 11% below the downwardly-revised pace of 945,000 in October.

Analysts polled by MarketWatch had projected new-home sales to occur at a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 875,000. Compared to last year though, November’s numbers remained elevated, up nearly 21% year-over-year.

What happened: New-home sales fell across all parts of the country, led by a 43% decline in the Midwest.

Inventory rose markedly by month’s end, up some 14% to a 4.1-month supply. A six-month supply of homes is generally considered indicative of a balanced market. The median price of new homes for sale was $335,300, down from October but up 5% from a year ago. Read more…..


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