May Residential Construction Report
On June 24, I reported New Home Sales Jump 10.7 Percent in May in Big Upward Surprise
The Census Bureau originally reported May sales at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 696,000. Today, the Census Bureau took that back and then some for June.
June Residential Construction Report
Please consider Details of the June New Residential Construction Report.
New Home Sales
- New Home Sales Sales of new single‐family houses in June 2022 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 590,000.
- This is 8.1 percent below the revised May rate of 642,000 and is 17.4 percent below the June 2021 estimate of 714,000.
- The median sales price of new houses sold in June 2022 was $402,400.
- The average sales price was $456,800.
For Sale Inventory and Months’ Supply
- The seasonally‐adjusted estimate of new houses for sale at the end of June was 457,000.
- This represents a supply of 9.3 months at the current sales rate.
Seasonally Adjusted Revisions
- March as reported 715,000. March as revised 707,000
- April as reported 629,000. April as revised 604,000
- May as reported 696,000. May as revised 642,000
- Total negative revisions March-May, 87,000
Compared to the original May report of 696,000, sales are down 15.2 percent, 8.1 percent as revised. The census department also revised March and April lower.
Supply of New Homes
The supply figures are very distorted. The Census Department counts as "supply" homes not even under construction yet.
Nonetheless, supply of 9.3 months is the highest since May of 2010, also at 9.3 months.
New Homes for Sale by Stage of Construction
Of the purported 457,000 homes for sale, only 41,000 are actually built. Another 306,000 have at least started.
110,000 new homes for sale have not broken ground yet.
The 306,000 started homes is significant, only exceeded in housing bubble years.
Sellers Drop Prices
Builders who started homes on spec earlier this year are going to get killed on lumber prices.
Existing Home Sales Dive Another 5.4 Percent in June, Down Fifth Month
On July 20, I noted Existing Home Sales Dive Another 5.4 Percent in June, Down Fifth Month
I was very puzzled by the new home sales strength in June. But, hey, it didn't happen.
Hello Recession Doubters
On July 24 I commented A Big Housing Bust is the Key to Understanding This Recession
Hello Janet Yellen, President Biden, and all the recession doubters on Twitter. This is what happens in recessions.
And it's just started.
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