WASHINGTON, DC -- Sales of new single-family houses in January 2015 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 481,000, according to estimates released jointly today by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. This is 0.2 percent below the revised December rate of 482,000, but is 5.3 percent above the January 2014 estimate of 457,000.
The median sales price of new houses sold in January 2015 was $294,300; the average sales price was $348,300. The seasonally adjusted estimate of new houses for sale at the end of January was 218,000. This represents a supply of 5.4 months at the current sales rate.
Regionally, new home sales rose 19.2 percent in the Midwest and 2.2 percent in the South. Sales dropped 0.8 percent in the West and 51.6 percent in the Northeast, most likely due to adverse weather conditions in that geographic area.
"The fact that January sales numbers maintained the gains we made in December is encouraging news, especially considering harsh weather affecting certain parts of the country," said Tom Woods, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder from Blue Springs, Mo.
"In a promising sign, new home sales have been trending at post-recession highs for the past two months," said NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe. "As the economy strengthens and mortgage rates remain low, we can expect continued upward movement in the housing market this year."