WHAT TO WATCH: NEW HOME SALES

New Home SalesNew Home Sales were up in February. Will sales heat up even further this spring and summer?

What is the New Home Sales report? The New Home Sales report shows the number of newly constructed homes with a committed sale during the month. The level of new home sales indicates housing market trends, and the volume of sales indicates housing demand. Also, the monthly supply of homes serves as an input into the level of housing pressure.

What’s happened recently? New Home Sales hit a seven-year high in February, rising 8 percent from January to an annual rate of 539,000 units, while January’s sales were revised higher to 500,000. New Home Sales now stand at their best level since February 2008 and are up nearly 25 percent from the 432,000 recorded in February 2014.

What’s the bottom line? While pricing and sales for new homes were up, the Existing Home Sales report was not as promising, due in part to winter weather and low inventory. It remains to be seen if spring and summer will be strong seasons for the housing sector, but these early numbers for new homes sound another promising note in the recovery.

I’ll continue to monitor all housing and economic reports closely. If you have any immediate questions, please call or email today.

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