Vladimír Urbánek (Kurzy.cz)
Macroeconomics  |  26.3.2013 16:11:44

U.S. - new home sales in February fell by 4.6%, more than expected


Sales of new U.S. homes fell in February by 4.6% to 411,000 units in annual terms. Market counted while only a slight drop to approximately 420,000 units in total estimates range from 397 to 454 000th January and February were together two best months of August / September 2008.

The average selling price rose in February by 2.9% yoy to 246 800 USD.

Decrease in the number of sales in February declined in 3 of the 4 major U.S. regions, led by a 13.3% decline in the Northeast. The only growth scored with 13.7 percent Middle Eastern United States.

The market moved in February, 152,000 new homes available compared to 152,000 in January. The average selling time in the current market conditions rose from 4.2 in January to 4.4 months.

Transactions fell 34.5% in February to notch first buyers. To illustrate, in December this ratio was 32.9%, which was a new 4-year minimum.

Sales of existing homes rose in February by 0.8% to 4.98 million units in annual terms. Supply of free older homes on the market rose from 1.77 in January to 1.94 million. In February, in annual terms, began with the construction of 917,000 new homes, the number of newly issued building permits rose to 946,000 units in annual terms, which was the highest since June 2008 ..

Average 30-year mortgage interest rates last week reached a level of 3.54% compared to 4.08% a year ago.
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