New-home sales rise slightly amid the coronavirus pandemic

New-home sales were up 0.6 percent from March’s revised rate of 619,000 annualized units to 623,000 units in April. NAFCU Chief Economist and Vice President of Research Curt Long noted that although uncertainty remains, “the housing market looks like it will hold up better than any other area of the economy this year.”

“New home sales saw a surprising uptick in the middle of an economy battered by COVID-19, providing yet more evidence that if there is to be a strong recovery, it will be housing that leads the way,” Long noted in a  NAFCU Macro Data Flash report. “The Mortgage Bankers’ Association’s purchase loan index has already achieved year-ago levels, and Redfin is reporting robust search activity.”

Sales were 6.2 percent lower compared to April 2019.

The median new-home price, non-seasonally adjusted, decreased from $326,900 in March to $309,900 in April. Of note, April’s prices were down 8.6 percent from a year ago.


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