Surging prices for new homes suggest tight low-end supply

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One additional note: A major reason for the increase in new home prices in the early 2000s was the buyer’s desire for a larger home. If today’s new homes were only 1,500 square feet, like the homes built in the 1970s, the cost would be considerably less than the 3,500+ square -foot homes of the 2000s.

Starter homes: Low supply meets low demand?. surging home prices, and stricter lending standards, all of which inhibit their path to homeownership.. The size of new homes continues to rise.

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 · (Bloomberg) — Record prices for new U.S. homes amid a sales pickup indicate the supply of houses may be tight at the lower end of the market, pinching first-time buyers, government data showed Fri.

 · Record prices for new U.S. homes amid a sales pickup indicate the supply of houses may be tight at the lower end of the market, pinching first-time buyers, government data showed Friday.

Surging Prices for New U.S. Homes Suggest Tight Low-End Supply – Record prices for new U.S. homes amid a sales pickup indicate the supply of houses may be tight at the lower end of the market, pinching first-time buyers, government data showed Friday.

David Madani, senior Canada economist for Capital Economics, suggests blaming supply constraints on surging Greater Toronto Area prices is bullish. The real estate industry regularly links high home prices in the Greater Toronto Area to a supply shortage – here, and here, and here – but the contrarian economist doesn’t buy it.

Record prices for new homes amid a sales pickup indicate the supply of houses may be tight at the lower end of the market, pinching first-time buyers, government data showed Friday. Single-family home sales increased 2.9% month over month to a 610,000 annualized pace (the estimate was 590,000).

Sales of new and existing single-family homes fell in June, dropping 5.3 percent and 0.6 percent, respectively. While both categories have achieved significant rebounds from their post-recession lows, recent data suggest momentum may be slowing (see top chart).

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Both new and existing home sales were strong in early 2017 but faded into year-end, likely due to rising mortgage rates, unaffordability issues, and continued tight supply levels.