New home sales took a double hit yesterday, according to HUD and the Census Bureau: not only did April new home sales fall by nearly 6 percent, March sales revised sharply downward by more than 10 percent.
Historically, February has never been a big month for home sales—it’s cold, the weather is unpredictable and it’s, well, February. But during the hottest—and strangest—housing winter in memory, could this February also defy logic.
The report said sales of new single-family houses in January rose to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 923,000, 4.3 percent higher than the revised December rate of 885,000 and 19.3 percent higher than a year ago (774,000).
Sales of new single-family houses in November fell to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 841,000, the Census Bureau and HUD reported yesterday. This is 11 percent below the revised October rate of 945,000, but is 20.8 percent higher than a year ago (696,000).