New Home Sales in April Down on Higher Mortgage Rates

By Danushka Nanayakkara-Skillington
NAHB – Eye on Housing
May 23, 2024
Category: Finance & Economics
Region: United States

Mortgage rates that averaged above 7% since mid-April per Freddie Mac data acted as a drag on new home sales last month. Sales of newly built, single-family homes in April fell 4.7% to a 634,000 seasonally adjusted annual rate from a downwardly revised reading in March, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. The pace of new home sales in April is down 7.7% from a year earlier. …New single-family home inventory in April remained elevated at a level of 480,000, up 12.1% compared to a year ago. This represents a 9.1 months’ supply at the current building pace. A measure near a six months’ supply is considered balanced.

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