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New Home Sales Up 7.8% in February

New home sales increased 152.9% in the Northeast

It’s the highest pace since February 2008: Sales of new single-family homes rose 7.8% last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 539,000 units from an upwardly revised January reading, according to HUD and Census Bureau figures. –

“Today’s numbers are a great start to the spring buying season,” said NAHB Chairman Tom Woods. “Hopefully, this is an indicator of how the rest of the year will fare.”

“Most sales activity continues to be among existing home owners who are trading up to new construction and taking advantage of low mortgage rates,” said NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe. “First-time home buyers remain absent from the market, restricted by tight lending conditions.”

The inventory of new homes for sale was at 210,000 in February, which is a 4.7-month supply at the current pace.

Regionally, new home sales increased 152.9% in the Northeast and 10.1% in the South. Sales dropped 6% in the West and 12.9% in the Midwest.

Posted on March 30, 2015 at 1:12 pm by ON-SITE Sales & Marketing, LLC

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