Sales of new single-family homes shot up 7.6 percent in May, to a seasonally adjusted 369,000-unit annual rate, according to government figures.
Sales of new single-family homes
shot up 7.6 percent in May, to a seasonally adjusted 369,000-unit annual rate,
according to government statistics.
"The relatively strong increase in new-home sales
this May is an indication that more potential home buyers are being drawn to
the market by today's excellent mortgage rates as well as firming conditions in
some local economies," said Barry Rutenberg, chairman of the National
Association of Home Builders, and a home builder from Gainesville, Fla.
"In addition, more people are recognizing the benefits that new homes can
provide beyond what's available in the existing housing stock in terms of
energy efficiency, updated technology and other features."
The numbers were expected, said David Crowe, the NAHB’s
"May's sales report is a welcome sign that the
market has returned to a more solid growth path following lackluster reports in
March and April, and is in keeping with our expectations for continued, steady
improvement through the end of this year," Crowe said. "While the
current sales rate remains low by historical standards and continues to be
constrained by challenges related to credit availability for builders and
faulty appraisals, the ongoing decline in the month's supply of new homes will
necessitate additional construction in certain markets going forward."