Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Home Sales Dropped In August

Home sales fell for the sixth month in a row in August, with a remarkable 12.8% year-over year drop. The seasonally adjusted annual sales rate was 5.5 million, the lowest figure since August 2002. Economists believe that August sales data does not fully reflect the consequences of the credit crunch experienced by financial markets, so September figures could be even worse. In this context, NAR’s Lawrence Yun did his best to lighten up the mood: “Once we get through these disruptions, we’ll get a better sense of where the actual market is in late fall as conditions begin to normalize”. Thanks, that was funny, you’ll find more on There’s a record 10-month supply of unsold homes on the market, and that is not going away before the end of the year. Analysts are saying that sales will not stabilize until mid-2008, and some believe even that is optimistic.

Amid the turmoil, home builders are feeling the pain, too. Home builder Lennar Corp. reported the biggest quarterly loss in its history, $513.9 million, or $3.25 a share. This was unexpected, because the lowest estimation predicted a loss of $1.21 a share.

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