Nationally: New-Home Prices Hit Record High

Nationally: New-Home Prices Hit Record High
NAHB    article by Daily Real Estate News | June 26, 2017

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The median price for a new single-family home reached a record high in May of $345,800, the Commerce Department reports. Buyers will be paying a huge premium for new construction, as new-home prices are now 16.8 percent higher than they were a year ago.

So far, however, the higher price tags don’t seem to be spooking home shoppers. In May, 61,000 new homes were purchased—a 2.9 percent increase from April and an 8.9 percent increase from a year ago, the Commerce Department reports. “Builders are focused on the mid to upper end of the housing market,” says Joseph Kirchner, realtor.com®’s senior economist. “It means that it will be more difficult to find more affordable homes for first-time buyers, millennials, and low-income people.”

Only 6,000 newly constructed homes sold in May were priced between $150,000 and $199,999. Further, there were about 14,000 sales in the $200,000 to $299,999 range. New homes now cost about 36.8 percent more than previously existing homes, which also reached record-high prices in May.

Regionally, new-home sales increased the most in the West last month, posting a 13.3 percent month-over-month jump, followed by a 6.2 percent increase in the South. New-home sales, meanwhile, fell 10.8 percent in the Northeast and plunged 25.7 percent month-over-month in the Midwest.

Source: National Association of Home Builders and “New Homes Just Keep Getting Pricier, But Buyers Keep Coming,” realtor.com® (June 23, 2017); REALTOR® Magazine Online, Daily Real Estate News 062617

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New Homes Have Gotten Pricier

New Homes Have Gotten Pricier
Article by Daily Real Estate News | April 5, 2017

HomeConstruction500wOver the last 10 years, the price distribution of new homes has changed significantly, as new homes have grown more expensive. Builders blame a weakness among first-time buyers and rising regulatory burdens as the reason for the shift in focus in the pricier tiers of the new-home sector following the Great Recession.

The number of new homes that sold for less than $250,000 started to decline prior to the Great Recession. Sales in this segment have not returned to levels set in 2006, particularly for homes with prices below $149,000, according to an analysis by the National Association of Home Builders, detailed on its Eye on Housing blog.

Indeed, new homes that sold for $150,000 to $199,999 and those that sold for $200,000 to $249,000 dropped to a low during the recession. They have been on a slow, recovering pace ever since, the NAHB notes.

The main drivers in the new-home market are homes that sold above $250,000. New homes priced between $300,000 and $399,000 had the highest volume prior to the Great Recession and have been the fastest to recover since then, the NAHB notes.

Source: “New Home Sales Price History,” National Association of Home Builders’ Eye on Housing blog (April 4, 2017); National Association of REALTORS®, Daily Real Estate News 040517

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New-Home Sales Get a Boost

More people bought new homes last month with new-home sales rising 7.3 percent, the Commerce Department reported on Tuesday. It was the second straight month that new-home sales were up.

New-home sales rose to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 323,000 homes in April, which is its highest level since December.

However, overall sales for the year still remain well below what economists consider a 700,000 healthy pace for the new-home sector.

The new-home market for the last five years has faced declines. It continues to battle against a glut of foreclosures across the country at ultra-low prices that have made competing a challenge.

Builders are keeping inventories low: A record low of 175,000 new homes were available for sale last month.

Meanwhile, the median price of a new home rose more than 2 percent in April, compared to the previous month, to $217,900. New-home prices are more than 30 percent higher than the median price of existing homes.

Source: “New-home Sales Up 7.3 Pct. in April After Sluggish Start to Year,” The Associated Press (May 24, 2011) and “U.S. April New Home Sales at 4-Month High,” Reuters News (May 24, 2011); Blog distribution provided by Kenneth Bargers and Bargers Solutions, a proud member of Pilkerton Realtors, residential real estate services located in Nashville, Tennessee