New Home Sales Fall More Than Expected

Discussion in 'Economics' started by trader99, Dec 23, 2005.

  1. trader99


    WASHINGTON - Sales of new homes plunged in November by the largest amount in nearly 12 years, providing the most dramatic evidence yet that the red hot housing market over the last five years is starting to cool down.

    Commerce Department reported Friday that new single-family homes were sold at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.245 million units last month, a drop of 11.3 percent from October, when sales had surged to an all-time high.

    Last month's decline was even bigger than the 8.7 percent drop-off that Wall Street analysts had been expecting. While sales of both new and existing homes are still on track to set records for a fifth straight year in 2005, analysts are forecasting sales will decline in 2006 as the housing boom quiets down.

    Analysts are looking for home sales to dip by around 6 percent next year under the impact of rising mortgage rates. Analysts believe that house prices, which had been soaring at double digit rates, will moderate as well.

    Some of that price moderation was evidenced in the November report, which showed that the median price of a new home sold was $225,200 last month. That was up just 0.3 percent from November 2004, the weakest year-over-year price change in two years. The November median price was down 4.1 percent from the October median sales price of $234,800.

    In other economic news, the Commerce Department reported that orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket manufactured goods jumped to a record $223 billion in November. That was a 4.4 percent increase from October, representing the largest percentage advance in six months. Orders for durable goods had risen 3 percent in October.

    The gain in demand for durable goods was far above the 1.1 percent increase Wall Street analysts had been expecting. But the strength was concentrated in a surge in demand for commercial aircraft, which shot up 133.8 percent to $25.9 billion from $11.1 billion the previous month.

    Outside of this area, manufacturing demand was weak. Excluding transportation, durable goods orders dropped by 0.6 percent, the third straight monthly decline in these categories.

    Some economists are worried that housing prices in some areas have been driven higher by a speculative frenzy that could see prices plunging as sales slow in the hottest markets. That scenario would evoke memories of the sharp declines that occurred when the stock market bubble burst in early 2000.

    But other economists contend that housing is unlikely to exhibit the same collapse that the stock market did although they believe that the declines in sales expected next year will act as a drag on the overall economy.

    By area of the country, sales were actually up by 13.4 percent in the Northeast, the biggest percentage increase in this region since January 1994.

    However, sales fell in all other areas, led by a 22.1 percent drop in the West, the biggest decline in this region since February 1995. Sales were down 18.3 percent in the Midwest and fell 5.5 percent in the South.

    The 4.4 percent rise in orders for durable goods, items expected to last at least three years, was the largest one-month advance since a 7.3 percent rise last May.

    Analysts had expected a big gain in aircraft orders because of the sales success Boeing Co. had at the Dubai air show. Analysts said that Boeing booked 148 new plane orders for the month compared to 36 orders in October.

    Orders for all types of transportation products were up 15.6 percent as the strength in commercial aircraft was offset by a 5.7 percent drop in orders for motor vehicles and parts and demand for military aircraft fell 44.3 percent.

    Orders for non-defense capital goods, seen as a good barometer of business plans to expand and modernize, rose by 19.6 percent, but all of that strength was in the surge in aircraft orders. Excluding aircraft, non-defense capital goods actually fell by 2 percent last month.
  2. dac8555


    i am not one to insult, but your posts REALLY stand out as ridiculous. 100% of room? no risk? WHAT?

    Real estate in one for or another encompases over 50% of the economy of the strongest contry in the world...explain to me how its short term demise is bullish???????

    do you have any clue what you are saying? i am curious as to your motivations?
  3. I think it will be revised up.

    Despite the fed increases there has been little effect on the mortgage rate and bonds love to rally on rate hikes( along with stocks).
  4. Surdo


    Bonds Rally when PIMCO squeezes the testicles of the market on light volume days!
  5. Dude, get a clue!

    He's just making fun of the fact that in this BS market environment, NOTHING has been able to put this 'market' down.
    Certainly not bad news. So, more bad news? Good. It's bullish! That's the 'new' thinking out there. Pretty soon good news and bad news will be so confusing, it'll be like won't know what's 'in' any more.

  6. 100% up room to go in stocks.. not real estate.

    as long as greenie and helicopter Ben keep fed printing presses running at full steam.. there will be no stoping the Bull market baby $$$

    as soon as the press stops.. so does the fiat goldilocks rally imo
  7. Bingo... :)
  8. dac8555


    Real estate encompasses about 50% of the US economy. When the economy is being dragged down by less, building, spending, loans jobs etc...that is NOT good for the stock market. real estate in some for is the largest comonent of the economy..period.

    if you are refering to the governmet continuing to print should review macroeconomics and how that phenomenon would effect your bull. dare i say a weakening dollar (which i THNK you may be referring to) would be the matador of the scenario.

    in what respect would weakening real estate be bullish?
  9. No one wants the real estate market to collapse. The Fed does want it to stop showing signs of a bubble however. Reports like this one are clear evidence of cooling off and hence lead people to believe the Fed's rate hike campaign could be close to an end. That will be very bullish for the stock market.
    #10     Dec 25, 2005