Home sales fall in October

Home sales fell 0.3 percent since September according to the US Census Bureau's New Residential Home Sales Report.

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This graph charts new single family home sales since 2004. Home sales remain at an historically low level of 368K SAAR units.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Census Department released its monthly New Residential Home Sales Report for October showing a slight monthly decline with sales falling 0.3% since September but rising 17.2% above the level seen in October 2011 though remaining at an historically low level of 368K SAAR units. 

It's important to recognize that the inventory of new homes appears to now be bouncing around a very low 147K units, near the lowest level seen in in at least 47 years while the median number of months for sale has improved to 5.9. 

The monthly supply increased to 4.8 months while the median selling price increased 5.74% and the average selling price increased 7.89% from the year ago level. 

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