- New home sales surged in April and they are selling quickly. The only problem is we are not yet building enough to fully satisfy the demand.
- Specifically, new home sales rose 26 percent from one year ago in April to 517,000 annualized pace – which would be the third highest monthly activity in eight years. On average it took 4 months to find a buyer. The median price was $297,300, which is 8.3 percent above last year’s price.
- The gap between new home price and existing home price still remains very wide. It implies that existing homes provide a relatively better bargain in relation to newly constructed homes.
- Even though new home sales are rising strongly in percentage terms, they are only at about half the activity as during the bubble years nearly a decade ago. This implies, first, that today’s strong activity is not likely to be a bubble. Second, there is more room to grow.
- The median number of months to find a buyer of new homes remains near historic lows. In April, it took 4 months. Given the low supply of both existing and new home inventory, as evidenced by low months supply of inventory, there is zero concern over any over production.
- For the year as a whole, new home sales are projected to rise by about 30 percent in 2015 and then another 20 to 25 percent in 2016. It’s a good time to be a homebuilder. If only the banks would make more construction loans or, depending upon your point of view, if there were less financial regulations to permit banks to make more construction loans.