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New Home Sales  
Released On 3/23/2017 10:00:00 AM For Feb, 2017
PriorPrior RevisedConsensusConsensus RangeActual
New Home Sales - Level - SAAR555 K558 K565 K550 K to 600 K592 K

Highlights
New home sales shot 6.1 percent higher in February to a 592,000 annualized rate that easily beats the Econoday consensus for 565,000 and is near the top estimate of 600,000. Sales appeared to have gotten a boost from builder concessions as the median price fell a monthly 3.9 percent to $296,200 for a year-on-year rate that's suddenly in the negative column at minus 4.9 percent.

Strength is centered in the Midwest where the sales rate surged 21,000 to 89,000 and easily surpassing 11,000 gains for the both the West, at 157,000, and the South at 313,000. Sales in the Northeast fell sharply in yesterday's existing home sales report and are down 9,000 to a very low 33,000 annualized rate in today's report.

Supply of new homes did rise slightly in the month, up 4,000 to 266,000 currently on the market, but relative to sales supply fell to 5.4 months from 5.6 months. Supply has been thin all cycle for new homes and was at 5.5 months in February last year.

Most of the news is good in this report underscored by the average price which, reflecting high-end properties, jumped 9.9 percent in the month for a yearly 11.7 percent gain at $390,400 and a new record. Today's report helps offset weakness in existing home sales and keeps the housing sector on moderately climbing slope.

Recent History Of This Indicator
New home sales looked to be one of the economy's best strengths before fading at year-end and posting a very soft January. New home sales in February are expected to bounce back, to a consensus 565,000 million annualized rate in what would be a very solid 1.8 percent gain from January's 555,000. But this report is notorious for its month-to-month volatility which puts the focus on the 3-month average which, however, has also been fading.

Definition
New home sales measure the number of newly constructed homes with a committed sale during the month. The level of new home sales indicates housing market trends and, in turn, economic momentum and consumer purchases of furniture and appliances.  Why Investors Care
 
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There is no question that lower interest rates boost home sales. Other factors also impact housing decisions, such as employment and income growth, and wealth stemming from stock market gains.
Data Source: Haver Analytics
 
 

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