Sales of new single-family houses in the United States dropped 5.5 percent from the previous month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 553 thousand in September of 2018, following a downwardly revised 3.0 percent decline in August. It is the lowest rate since December 2016, worse than market expectations of 625 thousand. Sales in the Northeast went down to its lowest level since April 2015. Also, sales decreased in the West and in the South. New Home Sales in the United States averaged 650.36 Thousand from 1963 until 2018, reaching an all time high of 1389 Thousand in July of 2005 and a record low of 270 Thousand in February of 2011.

United States New Home Sales
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US New Home Sales Lowest Since 2016


Sales of new single-family houses in the United States dropped 5.5 percent from the previous month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 553 thousand in September of 2018, following a downwardly revised 3.0 percent decline in August. It is the lowest rate since December 2016, worse than market expectations of 625 thousand. Sales in the Northeast went down to its lowest level since April 2015. Also, sales decreased in the West and in the South.

Sales declined in the Northeast (-40.6 percent to 19 thousand), its lowest level since April 2015; the West (-12 percent to 139 thousand) and in the South (-1.5 percent to 318 thousand). On the other hand, sales rose 6.9 percent to 77 in the Midwest.

The median sales price of new houses sold was USD 320,000 below USD 331,500 in the same month of the previous year. The average sales price fell to USD 377,200 in September from USD 379,300 a year ago.

The stock of new houses for sale went up 2.8 percent to 327 thousand. This represents a supply of 7.1 months at the current sales rate, up from 6.5 months in August.

Year-on-year, new home sales decreased 13.2 percent. 



US Census Bureau | Stefanie Moya | stefanie.moya@tradingeconomics.com
10/24/2018 2:29:38 PM



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2018-09-26 02:00 PM New Home Sales MoM 3.5% -1.6% 0.5% 0.2%
2018-10-24 02:00 PM New Home Sales 0.553M 0.585M 0.625M 0.63M
2018-10-24 02:00 PM New Home Sales MoM -5.5% -3% -1.4% 0.2%
2018-11-28 03:00 PM New Home Sales 0.553M 0.575M
2018-11-28 03:00 PM New Home Sales MoM -5.5%
2018-12-27 03:00 PM New Home Sales


United States Housing Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Building Permits 1241.00 1249.00 2419.00 513.00 Thousand [+]
Housing Starts 1201.00 1268.00 2494.00 478.00 Thousand units [+]
New Home Sales 553.00 585.00 1389.00 270.00 Thousand [+]
Pending Home Sales -1.00 -2.40 30.90 -24.30 percent [+]
Existing Home Sales 5150.00 5330.00 7250.00 1370.00 Thousand [+]
Construction Spending 0.00 0.80 5.90 -4.80 percent [+]
Housing Index 0.30 0.40 1.20 -1.80 percent [+]
Nahb Housing Market Index 68.00 67.00 78.00 8.00 [+]
Mortgage Rate 5.17 5.15 10.56 3.47 percent [+]
Mortgage Applications -3.20 -4.00 49.10 -38.80 percent [+]
Case Shiller Home Price Index 213.72 213.77 213.77 100.00 Index Points [+]
Home Ownership Rate 64.40 64.30 69.20 62.90 percent [+]


United States New Home Sales

A sale of the new house occurs with the signing of a sales contract or the acceptance of a deposit. The house can be in any stage of construction: not yet started, under construction, or already completed. New home sales account for about 10 percent of the US housing market. New single-family home sales are extremely volatile month-to-month and preliminary figures are subject to large revisions because they are mostly drawn from building permits data. This page provides the latest reported value for - United States New Home Sales - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. United States New Home Sales - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on November of 2018.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
553.00 585.00 1389.00 270.00 1963 - 2018 Thousand Monthly
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Australia 4821.00 Sep/18
France 34096.00 Jun/18
Singapore 616.00 Aug/18
Spain 8.02 Sep/18
Turkey 49362.00 Aug/18
United States 553.00 Sep/18


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