Sales of New Homes Up 4.7% in February! A Sign of Rebirth?

Real Estate Agent with Dean's Team - Keller Williams Realty Partners Chicago IL

Greetings on a chilly Chicago night!

Across the U.S., it appears that sales of new homes is on the rise!  In February, sales of new homes rose 4.7% versus January, to an annualized rate of 337,000 units.

Sounds encouraging, yes?  Well, not completely!

As summarized in Kelly Evans' article in today's Wall Street Journal, the median sales price for a new home was $200,900 last month, compared to $251,000 in February, 2008.  Last month, nationwide, the median price of a home resale was $165,400. 

Indeed, many builders are scaling back features and amenities on their new homes, in an attempt to make them compete more strongly with lower-priced existing inventory - much of which is being sold at fire-sale prices in short sale or foreclosure.

There is renewed buyer activity on newly-built homes, as the $8,000 First Time Homebuyer Credit, coupled with very low interest rates, have lured some buyers to write offers to purchase.  But the number of new homes on the market is at a seven-year-low 330,000 units for sale.  Most builders are building fewer true new homes, instead trying to unload unsold inventory piled up for many months of sluggish interest and activity.

A signal for a housing market turnaround?  An encouraging sign, perhaps - but not necessarily the absolute signal!

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Denise Gray
Realty World Alliance - Wichita, KS
Realtor SRES, Wichita Kansas Homes

I hope so. These labor pains are killing me. lol

Mar 25, 2009 03:27 PM #1
Bob & Carolin Benjamin
Benjamin Realty LLC - Gold Canyon, AZ
East Phoenix Arizona Homes

This is all good news -- may we keep it up. All the best.

Mar 25, 2009 03:27 PM #2
Pat O'Reilly
RE/MAX..214-289-6176 Irving and all of Dallas Fort Worth - Irving, TX

I am claiming this is the rebirth!!!

Mar 25, 2009 03:40 PM #3
Todd Kevitch
BPO Realty -Personally listed & sold over 500 homes - Boynton Beach, FL
Experienced - Personally Listed & Sold 500+ Homes

Builders have become more realistic and have finally lowered their prices

Mar 25, 2009 03:42 PM #4
Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Let some good news float around for awhile Dan.The consumers need to hear positive notes..the negtive have beaten energy and life out of them for too long!

Mar 25, 2009 11:54 PM #5
Charlie Ragonesi - Big Canoe, GA
Homes - Big Canoe, Jasper, North Georgia Pros

I think it is too early to call it a trend. BUT it is definetely good news. GFingers crossed we do not have another thing to be named later explode on us in the economy

Mar 26, 2009 12:06 AM #6
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