New home sales dip in September

New home sales fell 10.9 percent in September to 603,000 annualized units. Sales in August were revised down 8,000 units. Compared to last year, September sales were down 17.6 percent. NAFCU Chief Economist and Vice President of Research Curt Long analyzed the data in the latest Macro Data Flash report.

“The average 30-year mortgage rate in September was 6.11 percent, but rates have now breached 7 percent,” said Long. “Sales are well off their COVID-era highs but have found some stability in recent months, centered around 600,000 units. That is slightly below pre-COVID sales levels and more in line with sales from late 2018 and early 2019.”

Based on current month sales, there were 9.2 months of supply in September – a 1.1 month increase from August. The number of unsold homes left on the market increased by 3,000 to 468,000, a 50.8 percent increase from inventory levels a year ago.

New home sales were mixed through different Census regions in September. The South saw the largest downturn with a 20.2 percent decline in sales, followed by the West (-0.7 percent). In the Northeast, sales rose by 56.0 percent, and in the Midwest by 4.3 percent.


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