New Home Sales jumped nearly 16% in January to 437,000 units annually versus December and improved a whopping 29% above January of 2012 339,000. This was the highest level since July 2008.
The New Home Sales report shows the number of newly constructed homes with a committed sale during the month. It is compiled through nationwide survey of 10,000 builders/owners of 15,000 building projects and through sampling of permit-issuing offices, as well as land not covered by building permits. The data is timely and is used in conjunction with the existing home sales release from the National Association of Realtors. The level of new home sales indicates housing market trends, and economic momentum signaling consumer purchases of furniture and appliances. Simply, the volume of sales indicates housing demand.