New home sales saw large improvements from April 2012 to April 2013 with a jump from 354,000 to 452,000, but have dipped about 4.2 percent over the past year to reach the present estimate of 433,000.
Chicago, IL (PRWEB) May 25, 2014
Data released on Friday, May 23rd from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development revealed that new residential home sales in April were up 6.4 percent from the revised March estimate of 407,000. Sales reached a total of 433,000, at a median sales price of $275,800. CF Funding is pleased to see another sign of economic recovery as this increase shows improvement in the housing industry.
The New Residential Sales report also shared revisions dating back to January 2012, when new home sales were at a rate of 335,000. New home sales saw large improvements from April 2012 to April 2013 with a jump from 354,000 to 452,000, but and have dipped about 4.2 percent over the past year to reach the present estimate of 433,000. According to The Wall Street Journal, “Sales of new single-family houses represent a fraction of homes purchased in the U.S. and can be subject to large revisions… but the report provides a more timely reading of the housing market than other measures because it tallies sales at the moment a contract is signed rather than at its closing.”
Many economists expect a busy spring and summer season for the housing industry, as new home construction increased for the third month in a row this April. Both multifamily and single-family construction increased, according to the Commerce Department. Stocks also increased for houses on the market in April, hitting a 3.5 year high, according to Lucia Mutikani. Although the outlook is positive, the industry is still considered to be in a “slump,” as high home prices, low inventory, and the harsh winter weather have had a negative effect over the past year. CF Funding hopes for a full recovery as the Federal Reserve plans to assist the housing industry by maintaining low interest rates.
Current mortgage rates remain unchanged, with the most prevalently quoted 30 year fixed rate (best-execution) at about 4.125-4.25 percent. FHA and VA loans today range on average from 3.75 percent to 4 percent. 15 year fixed rate mortgages are at an average rate of 3.25 to 3.375 percent, and 5 year ARMs range from 3 to 3.5 percent. Homebuyers should keep in mind that interest rates range based on credit and program availability, and rates may change from day to day. Those interested in a purchase or refinance should contact a loans specialist at http://www.cffunding.com to see which programs and rates are available today.