Highest Sales Level In More Than 2 Years
Month to month improvement nearly 6%
The Census Bureau reports that sales of new single-family homes rose 5.7 percent from August 2012 to September. The seasonally adjusted annual rate in September was 389,000 — up from August’s 368,000. The new home sales rate in July of this year was 374,000 — a two-year high.
Annual increase more than 25%
September 2012 saw a 27.1 percent increase in new home sales over September of last year. The median sales price of a new home in September was $242,000 — up nearly 12 percent over the same time last year.
Housing market recovery seems solid
Bloomberg interviewed an economist with RBS Securities in Connecticut who said that
“All the things that were really holding back housing are finally starting to lift. It really is tough to find any bad signs here. Inventories are very, very lean. Assuming the economy remains on track, housing should continue to improve for the rest of the year and into 2013.”
· New-home sales up 27 percent from a year ago (Inman News)
· New home sales jump to two-year high (NBC Bottomline)