New home sales in Alabama in March improve 14% from last year

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Alabama New Home Sales March 2013



March home sales increased 13.6% from the same period a year earlier, which is welcome news after a couple of sluggish months. But the first quarter was 1.2% behind the same quarter in 2013.

Metro Markets:  The 5 Major Metro Markets here - Birmingham, Mobile, Huntsville, Montgomery, and Tuscaloosa - account for 70% of the State Market.

Pricing: The metro market's median new home sales price in December was $225,104, down 4.7% from last March and 4.3% from last month.

Demand: All major metro areas have matched or improved over last March. Tuscaloosa(same), Birmingham(17%), Montgomery(same), Huntsville(17%), and Mobile(17%). March new home sales in these five metro markets increased 21.8% percent from February. Through the first quarter, Birmingham and Montgomery lead the state with 11 percent sales growth from the same period a year earlier

Supply: Statewide new construction inventory is 1.7% lower than last March.

In March, the Big 5 metro markets reflected 4.9 months of new home supply, down 22% from the 6.3 months of supply in February, and down 12% from 5.6 months a year ago.

New Home Pipeline: March statewide housing starts decreased by 3.9% from March 2013, but improved 3.5% from last month. March statewide building permits were down 4.7% from March 2013 but up 9.7% from last month. 

Local Results: Fifteen out of the 27 home builder associations reported gains in building permits from February and 17 associations reported gains in housing starts. Nine associations had an increase from their February 2013 housing starts.

According to NAHB's Chief Economist, David Crowe during NAHB's biannual Construction Forecast Seminar in April, "Improving economic fundamentals combined with a more optimistic consumer and an increasing need for new homes should support a continuing recovery in the housing market." Robert Denk, NAHB Senior Economist noted, "The recovery will vary across regions..reflects the depth of each state’s housing market contraction."

Stats, infographic, & basics provided compliments of ACRE 


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John Pusa
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Travis - This is very good news that new home sales in Alabama improved 14.0% in 2014 from same time a year ago.

May 02, 2014 02:32 PM #1
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello Travis and this is great news for your area!


May 10, 2014 04:07 AM #2
Travis "the SOLD man" Parker; Associate Broker
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THANK YOU Mr. John & Mr. VB for the kind remarks!!

May 10, 2014 11:12 AM #3
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
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Sounds like a very good time for new home sales in Alabama.  

May 10, 2014 11:30 AM #4
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