Home Sales Increased But Still Less Than Expected

By: Eliza Maledevic Ayson

Sales of new homes posted a modest raise in March, which was helped by improved weather, but the increase was less than anticipated and did not dismiss concerns about the continues difficulty in the housing industry.

On Wednesday, The Commerce Department stated that new single-family home sales in March increased to a seasonally adjusted yearly rate of 858,000 units, a rose of 2.6 percent from February, which had been the slowest sales rate in almost seven years.

The improvement in March was just half of the analysts had anticipated and left the sales rate 23.5 percent was lower than the recent year as the housing industry continually to adjust painful after a bang period in which sales of new and existing homes set records for five years.

A followed report on Tuesday showed that the sales of existing homes had decreased by 8.4 percent in March, and this was the largest drop in 18 years which leaves the sales of existing homes at a yearly pace of 6.12 million units.

Resale in the state's biggest metro areas such as Miami, Tampa-St. Petersburg, Fort Lauderdale and Orlando were down 25 percent to 38 percent in March compared with the recent year, whereas the median prices were flat or down a little, according to the Florida Association of Realtors.

On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve stated that its Beige Book survey of regional economic conditions that home sales sustained to declined in much of the country through mid-April. A lot of Fed districts reported a continuous decreased in home construction.

The Atlanta Fed stated that the reports from the tourism industry were positive.

On Wednesday, the Commerce Department stated that in March orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket manufactured goods increased 3.4 percent, which was the fastest cut in three months.

Eliza Maledevic


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