US New Home Sales Decline for Third Consecutive Month in December 2019
Arslan Butt • 1 min read
According to data released by the US Commerce Department, sales of new homes in the US registered a surprising decline for the month of December, after growing strong in recent months. New home sales declined by 0.4% MoM to 694k units during December, falling for the third consecutive month.
November’s new home sales data was also revised lower from 719k to 697k, and a similar downward revision took place for September and October data as well. Most of the home sales that happened in December were focused in the $200k-$700k price range, while the most popular range of under $200k contributed only 10% of sales during this period.
The figure came in worse than expected, with economists having forecast a rise in new home sales by 1.5% to 730k instead. Overall new home sales in 2019 marked a 10.3% increase to 681k units, 23% higher than in 2018.