Posted October 26, 2016

Sales of new residential homes rise 3.1 percent in September

Monthly sales rate outpaces September 2015 by 29.8 percent.

Sales of new single-family houses in September 2016 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 593,000, according to estimates released jointly today by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

This is 3.1 percent (±16.2%)* above the revised August rate of 575,000 and is 29.8 percent (±23.4%) above the September 2015 estimate of 457,000.

This monthly growth indicates sustained demand for housing. However, builders continue to lament shortages of both workers and land on which to build.

The median sales price of new houses sold in September 2016 was $313,500; the average sales price was $377,700. The seasonally adjusted estimate of new houses for sale at the end of September was 235,000. This represents a supply of 4.8 months at the current sales rate.