New home sales in US uptick in June
According to newly released data by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau, sales of newly built, single-family homes in June 2017 inched up 0.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 610,000 units from a downwardly revised May 2017 reading.
“Although we saw modest gains this month, new home sales have risen nearly 11 percent since the start of 2017,” said Granger MacDonald, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). “Our members remain optimistic as the single-family housing market continues to recover.”
“The month’s sales report is consistent with our forecast, and we should see further gains throughout the year as the labor market continues to strengthen,” said NAHB Senior Economist Michael Neal. “While new home inventory rose slightly in June, it remains tight as builders face lot and labor shortages and increases in building material costs.”
The inventory of new home sales for sale was 272,000 in June, which is a 5.4-month supply at the current sales pace.
Regionally, new home sales increased 12.5 percent in the West and 10 percent in the Midwest. Sales were unchanged in the Northeast and fell 6.1 percent in the South.