The U.S. Census Bureau announced new residential sales statistics for April 2020.

Key Statistics

  • New Home Sales Sales: 623,000 at a seasonally adjusted annual Rate (SAAR). This is 0.6 percent above the revised March rate of 619,000, but is 6.2 percent  below the April 2019 estimate of 664,000.
  • Sales Price: The median sales price of new houses sold in April 2020 was $309,900. The average sales price was $364,500.
  • For Sale Inventory and Months’ Supply: The seasonally-adjusted estimate of new houses for sale at the end of April was 325,000. This represents a supply of 6.3 months at the current sales rate.  

Revision Notice

With this release, seasonally adjusted estimates of housing units sold, housing units for sale, and the  months' supply of new housing have been revised back to January 2015. 

March Revision

The Census Bureau revised March from 627,000 units SAAR to 619,000 SAAR. Factoring out the revision, sales fell by 0.6%. 


Let's call the whole thing "essentially flat". 

New Home Sales April 2020 Detail

New Home Sales April 2020 Detail

Expectations Crushed

Bloomberg Econoday economists missed the marke badly this month.

The consensus estimate was 495,000 SAAR. 

Stocks are flying on this "beat the street" performance. The Dow is up 2.7%, the S&P 500 up 1.9%, and the Nasdaq up .7% as of Noon central.


New Home Sales Badly Miss Expectations

New home sales rose 1.3% in November but only because of huge downward revisions.

April New Home Sales Slide 1.5%, March Revised Sharply Lower

Economists expected a pullback in April sales. But it was bigger than expected on top of a huge March downward revision.

New Home Sales Bounce 7% in June from Hugely Negative Revisions

New home sales rose 7% but the total fell far short of expectations because of revisions.

New Home Sales Decline 0.6%, Near Expectations, Prices Jump

New home prices are up, sales are soft but slowly rising over time. Sales are only 0.5% higher than a year ago.

Existing Home Sales Unexpectedly Decline

Existing homes sales fell 0.4% in April. The Consensus expected a rise.