By the Numbers

New-home sales rise in December 

The median sales price of a new home was down on a monthly basis but up on an annual one. 

NAR: Existing-home sales dip 1.5% in December 

House prices, however, continued to rise, marking the 130th consecutive month for price gains, the longest streak on record, the National Association of REALTORS® said.   

Single-family starts, builder confidence rise 

The increase in builder confidence breaks a string of 12 straight monthly declines in the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index. 

CoreLogic: Annual home-price growth rate slows to 2-year low 

Geographically, the largest home-price increases took place in the Southeast, led by Florida (18%), South Carolina (13.9%) and Georgia (13.6%), CoreLogic reported, citing its November Home Price Insights report.    

NAR: Pending-home sales slide for sixth month in a row in November 

Regionally, the pending-sales index fell 7.9% month over month in the Northeast, 6.6% in the Midwest, 2.3% in the South and 0.9% in the West. 

New-home sales rise again in November 

At the same time, the median sales price of a new house slid to $471,200 from $484,700 in October and $430,300 a year earlier, the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development reported. 

NAR: Existing-home sales fall 7.7% in November 

The month-over-month decline in sales came as prices rose for the 129th consecutive month, the National Association of REALTORS® said. 

New-home construction slides in November as builders pull back 

New-home permits fell 11.2% month over month, while housing completions jumped 10.8% in what one observer said could have “worrisome” long-term consequences for the nation’s housing supply. 

MBA: Mortgage applications rise in latest weekly survey 

The 30-year fixed-rate inched to 6.42%, which is still close to the lowest rate in a month, the group said. 

NAR: Pending-home sales slide for fifth consecutive month in October 

October’s 4.6% monthly drop follows a 10.2% decline in September, the National Association of REALTORS® reported. 

S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller: Denver housing prices continue to lose ground

Housing prices were down in all 20 cities tracked by the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price NSA Index.

New-home sales post surprise gain in October as median price hits new high 

New-home sales rose 7.5% month over month, while the median price of a new house surged to $493,000 from $455,700 in September and $427,300 a year ago, the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development reported.   

MBA: New-home mortgage applications fall in October 

The pace of new single-family home sales, meanwhile, fell 6.1% from September to 598,000. 

NAR: Existing-home sales fall again in October as prices continue to rise 

The median existing-home price rose for the 128th month in a row, extending its record-breaking streak of increases. 

Housing starts slow in October but remain elevated 

The number of homes under construction rose during the month, as homebuilders continued to work through a large backlog of homes. 

MBA: Mortgage applications rebound on lower rates 

The largest single-week decline in conventional mortgage rates since July brought the first increase in home-loan applications since September, the Mortgage Bankers Association said. 

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