Sales of newly constructed, single-family properties elevated 1.three p.c to a seasonally adjusted annual price of 719,000 items in November, off a downwardly revised October studying, in response to newly launched information by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. In an indication that new dwelling gross sales are on an upward path, that is the fourth consecutive month that gross sales topped 700,000.

“Fueled by the limited number of resales available for purchase, low interest rates and low unemployment, new home sales are finishing the year strong,” mentioned Greg Ugalde, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders, and a house builder and developer from Torrington, Conn.

“With almost all the 2019 data in, the housing rebound continued through second half of the year,” mentioned NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz. “New home sales are running 10 percent higher than in 2018, and high levels of builder confidence point to production gains going into 2020.”

A brand new dwelling sale happens when a gross sales contract is signed or a deposit is accepted. The dwelling could be in any stage of building: not but began, below building or accomplished. In addition to adjusting for seasonal results, the November studying of 719,000 items is the variety of properties that will promote if this tempo continued for the following 12 months.

Inventory has been trending decrease over the course of 2019 and now stands at a wholesome 5.four months’ provide, with 323,000 new single-family properties on the market. Of that whole, simply 76,000 are accomplished, able to occupy. The median gross sales value was $330,800. The median value of a brand new dwelling sale a yr earlier was $308,500.

Regionally, and on a year-to-date foundation, new dwelling gross sales are 14.5 p.c larger within the South and 12 p.c larger within the West. Sales are down 10.four p.c within the Northeast and seven.6 p.c within the Midwest.

Jeff Thornton