US Economy
Sales of new US homes tumbled in February to new record low; Prices dipped to the lowest in more than seven years
By Finfacts Team
Mar 23, 2011 - 3:14 PM

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Sales of new US homes tumbled in February to a new record low and prices dipped to the lowest in more than seven years.

The sales of the new single-family houses in February 2011 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 250,000, according to estimates released jointly today by the US Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

This is 16 9% below the revised January rate of 301,000 and is 28.0% below the February 2010 estimate of 347,000.

The median sales price of new houses sold in February 2011 was $202,100; the average sales price was $246,000. The seasonally adjusted estimate of new houses for sale at the end of February was 186,000. This represents a supply of 8.9 months at the current sales rate.

The full-year sales total for 2010 was revised upward slightly to 323,000 - - a 13.9% drop from 2009.

The government said new-home sales last month dipped in all four regions, including a 57.1% drop in the Northeast and a 27.5% decline in the Midwest. Sales slid 14.7% in the West and slipped 6.3% in the South.

US existing-home sales fell in February following three straight monthly increases, according to the National Association of Realtors said on Monday. Distressed/bank sales accounted for 39% of the total.

Existing-home sales, which are completed transactions that include single-family, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, dropped 9.6% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.88m in February from an upwardly revised 5.40m in January, and are 2.8% below the 5.02m pace in February 2010.

CNBC's Rick Santelli & Diana Olick break down the numbers from February:


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