New Home Sales, Essentially Flat, Crush Expectations
The U.S. Census Bureau announced new residential sales statistics for April 2020.
- New Home Sales Sales: 623,000 at a seasonally adjusted annual Rate (SAAR). This is 0.6 percent above the revised March rate of 619,000, but is 6.2 percent below the April 2019 estimate of 664,000.
- Sales Price: The median sales price of new houses sold in April 2020 was $309,900. The average sales price was $364,500.
- For Sale Inventory and Months’ Supply: The seasonally-adjusted estimate of new houses for sale at the end of April was 325,000. This represents a supply of 6.3 months at the current sales rate.
With this release, seasonally adjusted estimates of housing units sold, housing units for sale, and the months' supply of new housing have been revised back to January 2015.
The Census Bureau revised March from 627,000 units SAAR to 619,000 SAAR. Factoring out the revision, sales fell by 0.6%.
Let's call the whole thing "essentially flat".
New Home Sales April 2020 Detail
Bloomberg Econoday economists missed the marke badly this month.
The consensus estimate was 495,000 SAAR.
Stocks are flying on this "beat the street" performance. The Dow is up 2.7%, the S&P 500 up 1.9%, and the Nasdaq up .7% as of Noon central.