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US existing home sales approach 14-year high; prices scale record peak

WASHINGTON: US home sales surged to their highest level in nearly 14 years in August as the housing market continued to outperform the overall economy, but record high home prices could squeeze first-time buyers out of the market.

The report from the National Association of Realtors confirmed home sales had recovered after slumping when the economy almost ground to a halt as businesses were shuttered in mid-March in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Demand for housing is being fuelled by record-low mortgage rates and a pandemic-fuelled migration to suburbs and low-density areas in search of more spacious accommodation as many people work from home. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell told a congressional panel on Tuesday that the economy has shown “marked improvement” since plunging into recession in February, though the path ahead remains uncertain.

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US Housing Recovery Continues In August, New Home Sales Up 4.8%

New home sales were better than expected in the United States but the growth was not evenly distributed across regions


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New US home sales came in well above forecasts in August with a 4.8 percent gain, as the housing market continues to recover from the coronavirus downturn, the Commerce Department said on Thursday.

August’s annualized rate of just over one million sales, seasonally adjusted, came after the upwardly revised annual rate of 965,000 sales reported in July and underscores how housing has managed to climb back from the hit taken during the Covid-19 downturn.

The growth was however not spread evenly, with month-on-month sales surging in the South 13.4 percent, and climbing 5.0 percent in the North, but declining slightly in the West and by a massive 21.4 percent in the Midwest.

“Home sales are well supported by solid demand and a favorable interest rate environment,”

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The 10 UK neighborhoods where home sales have doubled in 2020

  • UK home sales north of £1 million (or $1.3 million) were double what they were in 2019, according to a new Bloomberg report, citing property website Rightmove.
  • Wealthy buyers are flooding the market on a mission for more space amid the pandemic, and 10 UK markets in particular saw the biggest increases in sales.
  • Areas in the countryside are experiencing the highest demand, with Norfolk and Wiltshire seeing 244% and 174% spikes in sales, respectively. 
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

While the pandemic continues to drive volatility in the luxury real estate market across the US, some neighborhoods in the UK are feeling a different effect. 

In August, UK home sales north of £1 million (or $1.3 million) were double what they were in 2019, with wealthy buyers flooding the market on a mission for more space amid the pandemic, according to a new Bloomberg report. 

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New home sales surge to highest level since before the Great Recession

The numbers: Sales of new single-family homes in August exceeded an annual rate of 1 million for the first time since 2006, as buyers were forced into the market for newly-constructed properties thanks to the dearth of home listings.

New home sales occurred at a seasonally-adjusted, annual rate of 1.011 million, the Census Bureau reported Thursday. That represents a 4.8% increase from an upwardly-revised pace of 965,000 homes in July. Compared with last year, new home sales are up 43%.

Economists polled by MarketWatch had expected home sales to drop to median pace of 900,000.

What happened: Not all parts of the country saw an uptick in sales despite the historically high rate nationally. New home sales fell 21.4% in the Midwest and 1.7% in the West. Comparatively, the South saw the biggest increase in sales with a 13.4% jump, while sales volumes rose by 5% in the Northeast.

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New Home Sales Strongest Since 2006: Top 7 Housing Stocks

Sales of new single-family homes exceeded 1 million in August 2020, marking the highest level since September 2006. The metric, which has been rising for four consecutive months, exceeded analysts’ expectation by 13.6%.

The U.S. housing market has shown a resilient performance over the past few months despite ambivalent market predictions and fears of a second wave of the virus. Not only did the industry offset these COVID-19-related headwinds but also tackled lumber price swings, mortgage delinquencies, U.S.-China trade spat, labor shortage and inflating land prices.

This industry has experienced a strong V-shaped recovery since May and its growth is now exceeding pre-pandemic levels fueled by the work-from-home initiative and record low mortgage rates.

Since May, the Zacks Building Products – Home Builders industry has improved 57.1% compared with the Zacks Construction sector and S&P 500 composite’s 35% and 14.6% rally, respectively.

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As Home Sales Reach Highest Level Since 2006, Luxury Sales Boom

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The housing market continued to boom in August as existing home sales reached a pace not seen in more than a decade, fueled in part by demand from high-end buyers.

The seasonally adjusted annual rate of existing home sales reached 6 million for the first time since December 2006, the National Association of Realtors, or NAR, said Tuesday morning.

The housing market is demonstrating a “super V-shaped” recovery as home sale activity outperforms pre-pandemic levels, NAR chief economist
Lawrence Yun
said on a Tuesday call with reporters. Existing home sales rose 2.4% from July and 10.5% year-over-year, the trade group reported. Among single-family homes, those that sold for $1 million or more rose 44% compared with last year, more than any other price point.

“Right now, it is a booming market on the upper-end,” Yun said, citing a trend toward homes with more room that

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August New Home Sales Confirm That The Long Leading Housing Sector Has Been Surging

Introduction

Housing is a long leading indicator for the economy overall; i.e., it typically peaks over a year before the economy does as a whole, and is also usually one of the first sectors to rebound during a recession.

Thursday morning’s report on August new home sales certainly fit that mold.

Near-15-year high in new home sales is strong confirmation that the long leading housing sector has been surging

As I wrote last week, when housing starts and permits were reported, historically, interest rates have led housing sales and starts, which in turn lead prices, which in turn lead inventory.

Here’s the updated look at mortgage interest rates since the beginning of 2011, measured YoY, vs. single-family housing permits (the least volatile metric), also measured YoY:

Thursday morning the Census Bureau reported new home sales for August. There are two important facts about new home sales:

1. They are the

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Million-Pound Home Sales Soar in U.K. as Rich Change Lifestyle

(Bloomberg) — Sales of U.K. homes costing over 1 million pounds ($1.3 million) doubled last month, outperforming the rest of the market as wealthier buyers sought more space following the Covid-19 lockdown.

Agreed sales were 105% higher than a year earlier in August, compared to a 61% increase in sales of less expensive properties, according to property website Rightmove. Million-pound homes are also finding buyers 18 days faster than in 2019.



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U.K. real estate is booming after the lockdown held back months of transactions. Demand is being further fueled by a temporary tax reduction and the pursuit of lifestyle changes after the pandemic.

Pricey properties outside of London are benefiting most. Expensive homes jumped 244% in the largely rural county of Norfolk, 174% in Wiltshire and 165% in coastal Cornwall.

“Demand in higher price brackets is more responsive to external events,” said Tom Bill, head

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U.S. new home sales vault to near 14-year high in August

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Sales of new U.S. single-family homes increased to their highest level in nearly 14 years in August, suggesting the housing market continued to gain momentum even as the economy’s recovery from the COVID-19 recession appears to be slowing.

The Commerce Department said on Thursday new home sales rose 4.8% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.011 million units last month, the highest level since September 2006. New home sales are counted at the signing of a contract, making them a leading housing market indicator.

July’s sales pace was revised upward to 965,000 units from the previously reported 901,000 units. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast new home sales, which account for about 14% of housing market sales, slipping 1% to a rate of 895,000-units.

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US new home sales surge to fastest pace since 2006 as housing market shines through pandemic



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  • Sales of new US homes accelerated by 4.8% to an annual rate of 1 million units in August, the Census Bureau reported Thursday.
  • That pace is the highest since 2006 and marks four consecutive months of increasing sales.
  • The agency’s estimate of new homes for sale fell to 282,000, reflecting 3.3 months of supply at the current pace of sales. That’s the shortest period in data going back to 1963.
  • Though the housing market has been one of the few bright spots in the virus-rattled economy, some fear dwindling supply will soon halt the sector’s rally.
  • Visit the Business Insider homepage for more stories.

The US housing market extended its winning streak into August as Americans continued taking advantage of record-low mortgage rates.

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