December 28, 2007

JustQuotes: National New Home Sales Drop To 12-Year Low

"Sales of new homes in the U.S. fell to a 12-year low in November, pointing to bigger declines in construction that will hobble economic growth throughout 2008."

"Purchases fell in three of four regions, led by a 28 percent plunge in the Midwest. Sales dropped 19 percent in the Northeast and 6.4 percent in the South. They rose 4 percent in the West."

Sales of New Homes in U.S. Dropped 9% to 12-Year Low [Bloomberg]

First Published: December 28, 2007 7:45 AM

Comments from "Plugged In" Readers

Listed sales volume for SF looks to be at a pretty low level this month. Right now, the Dec sales count stands at just 251 - less than 1/2 the Dec 06 count of 503. The final Dec 07 count might crack 300 when all reportings are in - but that's still a big YOY decline. Active inventory is down to 871 - seems low, but it was only about 700 last year at this time.

I think we'll begin to see soon whether this decline in volume is having a real impact on SF prices (or not).

Posted by: FSBO at December 28, 2007 3:52 PM

FSBO, thanks for the update. While the months-of-inventory is creeping up with the big decline in sales volume, I have to admit that I'm surprised that the active listings are not higher -- this appears to have at least slowed the price declines (although the data flowing in sure seems to indicate we're now starting to see real price declines -- but I concede things may be read otherwise).

On a related note, the spouses (both realtors) of two partners of mine are really getting hammered by the slowdown in volume. I'm told they averaged 3 sales a month for the last couple years but one only had 3 sales in all of 2007 and the other had 8 sales. Fortunately for them, their income is just party and clothes money.

Posted by: Trip at December 28, 2007 4:55 PM

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