US New Home Sales Plummet in July

By Danushka Nanayakkara-Skillington
NAHB – Eye on Housing
August 23, 2022
Category: Finance & Economics
Region: United States

New home sales in July fell to their lowest level since January 2016 as the industry grapples with supply chain disruptions that are delaying new home building projects and raising housing costs as mortgage interest rates increased. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau estimated sales of newly built, single-family homes in July at a 511,000 seasonally adjusted annual pace, which is a 12.6% decline over downwardly revised June rate of 585,000 and is 29.6% below the July 2021 estimate of 726,000. Sales-adjusted inventory levels are at an elevated 10.9 months’ supply in July. However, only 45,000 of the new home inventory is completed and ready to occupy. This count has been going up in recent months and is up 40.6% compared to a year ago. Moreover, sales are increasingly coming from homes that have not started construction, with that count up 22.6% year-over-year.

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