New Home Sales decreased to 626,000 Annual Rate in May
The Census Bureau reports New Home Sales in May were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) of 626 thousand.
The previous three months were revised down slightly, combined.
"Sales of new single‐family houses in May 2019 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 626,000, according to estimates released jointly today by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. This is 7.8 percent below the revised April rate of 679,000 and is 3.7 percent below the May 2018 estimate of 650,000."
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The first graph shows New Home Sales vs. recessions since 1963. The dashed line is the current sales rate.
Even with the increase in sales over the last several years, new home sales are still somewhat low historically.
The second graph shows New Home Months of Supply.
The months of supply increased in May to 6.4 months from 5.9 months in April.
The all time record was 12.1 months of supply in January 2009.
This is at the top of the normal range (less than 6 months supply is normal).
"The seasonally‐adjusted estimate of new houses for sale at the end of May was 333,000. This represents a supply of 6.4 months at the current sales rate."
On inventory, according to the Census Bureau:
"A house is considered for sale when a permit to build has been issued in permit-issuing places or work has begun on the footings or foundation in nonpermit areas and a sales contract has not been signed nor a deposit accepted."Starting in 1973 the Census Bureau broke this down into three categories: Not Started, Under Construction, and Completed.
The third graph shows the three categories of inventory starting in 1973.
The inventory of completed homes for sale is still somewhat low, and the combined total of completed and under construction is close to normal.
The last graph shows sales NSA (monthly sales, not seasonally adjusted annual rate).
In May 2019 (red column), 60 thousand new homes were sold (NSA). Last year, 62 thousand homes were sold in May.
The all time high for May was 120 thousand in 2005, and the all time low for May was 30 thousand in 2011.
This was below expectations of 680 thousand sales SAAR, and sales in the three previous months were revised down slightly combined. I'll have more later today.