February Sees a Decrease in New Home Sales

In February, newly built home sales declined slightly, while previously owned homes saw a significant increase. According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, if the current rate of sales continues, 662,000 new homes will be sold this year, slightly below economists’ expectations of 675,000 annually. Despite the slight decrease from January, the annual rate of new home sales in February was still 5.9% higher than the previous year.

On the other hand, existing home sales saw a significant increase of 9.5% during the same month due to lower interest rates easing market constraints. However, high mortgage rates have caused homeowners to be hesitant about selling and buying new homes, leading to fewer homes for sale. Many economists suggest that building more new homes could help unlock the stagnant market.

Looking ahead, experts predict that new home sales will increase over the rest of the year due to lower mortgage rates, increased supply and a shortage of existing homes for sale according to Nancy Vanden Houten of Oxford Economics. These factors are likely to drive sales of new homes higher in 2024

By Samantha Johnson

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