Home Sales, Starts Dampen
December 4, 2006,
The broad U.S. housing market continued to lose steam during October, hobbled by falling home prices and buyer and builder skittishness.
Over the past 13 months, sales of existing homes held up better than other segments of the market, but have still fallen by 11.8% from an all-time high of 7.1 million units last year.
Housing starts fell by 14.6% to a seasonally adjusted pace of 1.49 million units, down from 1.66 million in September.
Starts have plunged by more than a third, or 34.3%, since reaching a 13-month high of 2.3 million units last January.
New home sales fell by 3.2% to 1.0 million, giving up most of the 3.7% increase recorded in September. New home sales have fallen by 25.4% since a recent high of 1.3 million units in October 2005.
HOUSING BY REGION
Month-To-Month % Change
|EXISTING HOME SALES||HOUSING STARTS||NEW HOME SALES|
|Source: U.S. Department of Commerce and National Association of Realtors