Sales of new single-family houses in June 2010 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 330,000, an increase of 23.6 percent, according to estimates released jointly this week by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The median sales price of new houses sold in June 2010 was $213,400; the average sales price was $242,900. The seasonally adjusted estimate of new houses for sale at the end of June was 210,000. This represents a supply of 7.6 months at the current sales rate.
"Today's numbers are an encouraging sign that new-home sales are coming back from an expected slow period that followed the expiration of the home buyer tax credit program," said Bob Jones, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder from Bloomfield Hills, Mich. "While we still have quite a way to go on the path to recovery, it's good to see that we are headed in the right direction."
"It's worth noting that some of the new-home sales in June were due to move-up buyers who were able to sell their previous home to a tax-credit-eligible buyer while that program was active," said NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe. "Also, while sales activity is still far from robust, it has picked up some momentum as positive factors such as historic low mortgage rates, great selection and attractive prices help draw potential home buyers back to the market. We anticipate that this momentum will continue along with a gradually improving economy, although other factors such as a critical lack of production financing remain a drag on housing's recovery."
Sales of new homes rose strongly in three out of four regions in June. The largest percentage increase was the Northeast's 46.4 percent gain, followed by a 33.1 percent gain in the South and a 20.5 percent gain in the Midwest. The West was the only region where new-home sales did not improve in June, instead falling 6.6 percent to a new record low.