by Mish

May was revised lower to 605,000 units from the initial reported 610,000 units.

New home sales are steady near the best levels of the expansion, at a 610,000 annualized rate in June. The 3-month average is 597,000 which is, however, noticeably below the first-quarter cycle peak of 617,000. This is a negative for second-quarter residential investment in Friday’s GDP report.
But the upshot of today’s report is mostly positive. Sales are very strong in the West which is a key region for new homes. Sales in the region rose 12.5 percent in the month to a 180,000 pace and are up 33 percent year-on-year. But sales in the South, another key region and the largest one, fell in June, down 6.1 percent to a 323,000 pace. June sales were up in the Midwest, at a 66,000 rate, and flat in the Northeast at 41,000.
Sales got a lift from lower prices in the month, down 4.2 percent for the median to a still imposing $310,800. Year-on-year, the median is down 3.4 percent and looks low compared to the 9.1 percent gain for on-year sales.
Supply offers limited good news, rising but only slightly at a 1.1 percent monthly gain to 272,000 units. Relative to sales, supply is steady at 5.4 months vs 5.3 and 5.5 in the prior two months.

New Home Sales Trend

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New Home Sales Since 1963

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The trend starting in 2011 is clear. Every acceleration or reversal quickly gives way to the trend line.

The numbers from 1965 add a bit of needed perspective. Population-adjusted, new home sales are very anemic.

Affordability makes a purchase out of the question for most millennials. More importantly, attitudes towards ownership have changed.

Mike “Mish” Shedlock

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