“This increase in new home sales is in line with our forecast for a steady, gradual recovery of the housing market,” said NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald. “However, the pace of growth may be hampered by supply-side headwinds, such as shortages of lots and labor.”
“We can expect further growth in new home sales throughout the year, spurred on by employment gains and a rise in household formations,” said NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz. “As the supply of existing homes remains tight, more consumers will turn to new construction.”
The inventory of new home sales for sale was 265,000 in January, which is a 5.7-month supply at the current sales pace. The median sales price of new houses sold was $312,900.
Regionally, new home sales increased 15.8% in the Northeast, 14.8% in the Midwest and 4.3% in the South. Sales fell 4.4% in the West.
More analysis can be found in this Eye on Housing blog post.