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New Home Sales Fall 7.6% But it’s Not All Bad News

Census and HUD say new home sales fell

little house big houseToday in a joint release between the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, sales of new single family homes in December 2009 fell 7.6%, the second month in a row of declining sales.

New home sales for the entire year fell 22.9% to a record low of 374,000 units. At the end of the December 2009, HUD noted that at the current price, there was (is) an 8.1 month inventory rate.

Uncle Sam’s plan losing steam?

Despite the first time buyer tax credit which stimulated the new home sector, the rush has lost is steam and builders are feeling the pinch.

Just this week, National Association of Home Builders has launched a press release and media blitz with talking points about the death of the entire housing market based on their slumping numbers (and of course, our response was that their claims are scandalous).

The sky isn’t falling however, as the report notes that the median sales price for a new home rose 5.2% from November (which was the biggest spike since April 2009). Despite slowing sales, the prices are rising nicely, so it’s not all doom and gloom across the board.

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Lani is the COO and News Director at The American Genius, has co-authored a book, co-founded BASHH, Austin Digital Jobs, Remote Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a penchant for the irreverent.



  1. Susie Blackmon

    January 28, 2010 at 4:22 am

    Not all doom and gloom, but the unemployment issues remain.

  2. Joe Loomer

    January 28, 2010 at 7:02 am

    ..what Susie said.

    Oh, and there’s the increase in FHA PMI to 2.25%, and the decrease in Seller Contributions to 3% (from 6%), oh, and the tax credit’s expiring again soon.

    Seriously though, I feel like the market is a Jumbo Jet aircraft coming in to land, descending rapidly, and just before touchdown (rock bottom), a flare upwards (tax credit), then a gentle drop until the squeal of the tires as the behemoth kisses the asphalt. Then it’ll be time to take off again.

    Hopefully, the next take-off will have a gentler ascent…

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