Today is one of those days.
But the headlines miss the point, somewhat. Yes, home sales volume is important to housing, but it’s not as important as home supply.
A deeper look at the New Home Sales data reveals an interesting comparison point:
In other words, sales outpaced supply — a running theme this year and a positive signal for housing.
Since peaking in January 2009, the supply of newly-built homes has now dropped by 40 percent. The average sale price is up 15% over the same period.
This is why you can’t get your real estate news from the headlines. You have to dig a little bit deeper to get the real story.