Picture du Jour: A grim U.S. housing market

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Yesterday’s data report showed sales of existing homes in the U.S. have fallen even more sharply than anticipated, indicating that the fragile recovery in housing is fading fast after the temporary lift provided by the first-time homebuyer tax-credit program in March–April 2010 and September–November 2009.

Source: Clusterstock – Business Insider, August 24, 2010.

The salient features of the report are:

•  Home sales declined to 3.83 million annualized units in July, an unprecedented low in the data’s nearly 10-year history.
•  Sales declined by 27.2% m/m.
•  Months of supply surged to a new high of 12.5.
•  The median house price is up by a slight 0.7% from one year ago.

Although self-sustained home sales are not here yet, it is worth noting, according to Dismal Scientist, that the three-month moving average of home sales – taking out the impact of the tax credit – is 5.0 million units, about on par with sales at the beginning of this year.

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1 comment to Picture du Jour: A grim U.S. housing market

  • rfk

    Certainly not great news but previous years artifically or otherwise stole volume from the current year(s) – so what do you expect? It could be a lot worse and maybe it will be. Spanning over a number of years, it maybe bad but it’s not as bad as some of the news making orgs portray

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