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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

New Home Sales Way Down

The first data for new home sales following the end of the tax credit has come in and it spells danger.

Sales of new homes plunged a record 33% in May to a record-low level after a federal subsidy for home buyers expired, according to data released Wednesday by the Commerce Department. Sales dropped to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 300,000, the lowest since records begin in 1963.

There's more coverage here.

The Commerce Department said sales dropped a record 32.7 percent to a 300,000 unit annual rate, the lowest level since record keeping started in 1963, from a downwardly revised 446,000 units in April. The fall unwound two months of gains, which had been inspired by a government tax credit for home buyers.

Stocks are off across the board on the news. There was a fear among many that this sales credit would go the way of most of the government induced stimuli, most namely cash for clunkers. That is that as soon as the stimuli ended the sales would deflate. That's what happened in May. So, the housing market continues to be in a state of disarray.

1 comment:

xformed said...

It's the stucco breaking away from the siding of the house. The massive amounts of cash did nothing but hold off the coming nastiness, and now, it's not the consumers and investors here and there, but all of us that will be required to help make it all up. At what moment do we hit the tipping point?

There are just too many things headed for the cliff all at once right now, and I understand the President still has money sucking legislation he wants.

Kicking an almost dead man when he's down. What's the point? Even his own future is at risk, so I'm really not getting the reasoning that might be behind this.