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Economic Data (USA)

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

New Home Sales for December 2015

The December 2015 New Home Sales report was released by the Commerce Department this morning:

Predicted: 500,000
Actual New Home Sales: 544,000

Change from One Month Ago: +10.8%
Change from One Year Ago: +9.9%


Median Price for a New Home during December: $288,900

Average Price for a New Home during December: $346,400

Click here for historical prices and a chart.


Compiled jointly by the U.S. Commerce Department and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the monthly New Home Sales report measures the number of newly-built homes with committed buyers during the indicated month.

The "predicted" figure is what economists and Wall Street forecasters were expecting, while the "actual" is the true or real figure.

The New Home Sales report is watched by economists and investors because it offers insight into the state of the U.S. housing market, and also provides data that can be used to predict sales of large household furniture and appliances like refrigerators, air conditioners, microwave ovens, etc.

"...An estimated 501,000 new homes were sold in 2015. This is 14.5% (±4.5%) above the 2014 figure of 437,000..."

Click here to view the full Commerce Department report (PDF).

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