Sales of newly constructed single-family homes dipped only slightly
in January from December levels. The U.S.
Census Bureau and Department of Housing and Urban Developing said today that
January sales were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 481,000. That rate was 0.2 percent below the slightly
revised December estimate of 482,000 units.
The original December number, also 481,000, had represented an 11.6
percent surge from November.
January’s rate of new home sales was 5.3 percent above those
in the same month in 2014 which were estimated at 457,000 units. On a non-seasonally adjusted basis there were
an estimated 36,000 new homes sold in January compared to 34,000 in December
and 33,000 a year earlier.