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New Home Sales Decrease to 603,000 Annual Rate in September

by Calculated Risk on 10/26/2022 10:09:00 AM

The Census Bureau reports New Home Sales in September were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) of 603 thousand.

The previous three months were revised down, combined.

Sales of new single-family houses in September 2022 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 603,000, according to estimates released jointly today by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. This is 10.9 percent below the revised August rate of 677,000 and is 17.6 percent below the September 2021 estimate of 732,000.
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The first graph shows New Home Sales vs. recessions since 1963. The dashed line is the current sales rate.

New home sales are below pre-pandemic levels.

The second graph shows New Home Months of Supply.

The months of supply increased in September to 9.2 months from 8.1 months in August.

The all-time record high was 12.1 months of supply in January 2009. The all-time record low was 3.5 months, most recently in October 2020.

This is well above the top of the normal range (about 4 to 6 months of supply is normal).

“The seasonally-adjusted estimate of new houses for sale at the end of September was 462,000. This represents a supply of 9.2 months at the current sales rate.”

The last graph shows sales NSA (monthly sales, not seasonally adjusted annual rate).

In September 2022 (red column), 49 thousand new homes were sold (NSA). Last year, 58 thousand homes were sold in September.

The all-time high for September was 99 thousand in 2005, and the all-time low for September was 24 thousand in 2011.

This was slightly above expectations, however sales in the three previous months were revised down, combined. I’ll have more later today.

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