After a lot of bad news, we may be seeing a turnaround for the housing market.
The government says new U.S. home sales rose by the largest amount in nearly nine years last month, in another sign the housing market is finally bouncing back from the worst downturn in decades.
The Commerce Department says sales rose 11 percent in June to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 384,000, from an upwardly revised May rate of 346,000.
It was the strongest sales pace since November 2008 and exceeded the forecasts of economists surveyed by Thomson Reuters, who expected a pace of 360,000 units. The last time sales rose so dramatically was in December 2000.
Sales have risen for three straight months. The median sales price of $206,200, however, was down 12 percent from $234,300 a year earlier.
This is consistent with the existing home sales report from last week, which also had its third straight monthly increase. We’re fast approaching easier year-over-year comparisons so an avalanche of good news will pick up.