Category Archives: David Nice

New Home Sales Bounce Back

In October, 495,000 new homes were sold; that increase followed a downward revision to September. Gains were broad-based with three of the four regions posting increases. The median sales price moved down from the previous month as the composition of homes sold shifted towards lower-priced properties.

Housing Starts Disappoint

In October, housing starts slipped to a 1.06 million unit pace, nearly 60% below household formation. This is causing acute shortages for those looking for a place to live, particularly to rent,

New Home Sales Data Disappoint

New home sales for September came in well below expectations at 468,000 following a downward revision to the August data.

Existing Home Sales Surge

In September, existing home sales surged to a 5.55 million-unit annualized rate, well above expectations but in line with our forecast for ongoing healing in the housing market. Data for August were revised down, but the trend is still positive.

Housing Starts Build on Multifamily Gains

In September, 1.2 million homes were started, marking another increase after being revised up for the month prior. Much of the annualized increase was concentrated in the multifamily segment; single-family starts came in essentially flat.

New Home Sales Rise: South Leads the Way

In August 552,000 new homes were sold, 30,000 more than were sold in July. Much of the increase was driven by a pop in sales in the South, with the West and Northeast posting modest increases as well.

Existing Home Sales Pulled Back in August

Existing home sales pulled back in August, after posting three consecutive months of growth. Sales were down 270,000 to 5.3 million units sold on an annualized basis. The decline is off of an eight-year high set in July.

Housing Starts Miss Expectations

In August, builders started on 1.126 million homes. That was a slowdown from last month’s downwardly revised data and can be chalked up to the Northeast’s multifamily sector; that continues to pull back after the expiration of tax incentives, which had pulled forward a lot of multifamily starts in the region. Total single-family starts, which [...]

Solid New Home Sales in July

New home sales increased in July to an annualized level of 507,000; that is up a solid 26,000 from the previous month. The revision to June was essentially flat. Three of the four regions posted increases with the South leading the way, followed by the West and Northeast. The Midwest was the only region to [...]

Existing Home Sales Beat Expectations

In July, existing home sales topped expectations by coming in at 5.59 million homes (annualized) sold. Revisions to the previous month were essentially flat. The July increase was driven by gains in the South