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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

Housing Starts Flat Despite Flicker in Single-Family

In July, housing starts ticked up 2,000 to 1.21 million. That comes after an upward revision of 30,000 to June. Though starts came in essentially flat for July, that does not tell the whole story.

Construction Data Improves with Detail

Construction spending rose an almost imperceptible 0.1% in June, with a drop in the private sector offsetting ongoing gains in the public sector. Revisions to previous months were to the upside, however, suggesting that the improving trend in construction that we saw with last month’s release is still intact.

Incomes Solid, Outlays Moderate

Personal disposable incomes rose 0.2% in the month of June after adjusting for inflation. The inflation-adjusted data on Personal Consumer Expenditures (PCE) were essentially flat. The numbers were not as bad as they appeared

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New Home Sales Lower on Weakness in South and West

New home sales fell to a 482,000 unit annualized pace In June, down 35,000 from May. That drop came on top of a 29,000 downward revision to the previous month. Sales in three of the four regions in the country were lower,

Existing Home Prices Hit New Highs

The median sales price for existing homes increased 6.5% in June from last year. That increase pushed prices above the previous peak set back in July 2006. Sales volume increased to 5.5 million last month, a level not seen since February 2007. Demand continued to outpace supply,

Housing Primer

Watch this week’s housing market data closely for key trends: 1. Was it a fluke that first-time buyers increased in May, in both relative and absolute terms? Millennials were reluctant/unable to buy (or even leave their parent’s homes) earlier in the expansion. A critical issue will be whether the volume of first-time buyers in the [...]

Multifamily Market Hot: Inflation Tepid

Housing starts rebounded to a 1.174 million-unit pace in June, while the decline for May was slightly less than initially reported. Gains were concentrated in the multi-family market as builders are still rushing to meet what they see as a permanent shift by millennials to move to urban centers and delay marriage and having children; [...]