Sales of new homes soared at a record pace in October in what could be a last hurrah for the booming housing market.
The Commerce Department said that sales of new single-family homes shot up by 13 percent last month, the biggest one-month gain in more than 12 years. The increase pushed sales to an all-time high seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.42 million units.
The increase confounded analysts who had been predicting that new home sales would decline by 1.8 percent, reflecting continued increases in mortgage rates. It was possible that the unexpected surge reflected a final rush by buyers to get into the market before mortgage rates climb higher.
Link to the Census Bureau Report:
October New Residential Sales
I’ll let you folks draw your own conclusions. I expected a much more significant decline, both in sales numbers and median price.