Sales of new, single-family homes stood nearly unchanged in July, dropping 0.7 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 298,000 units, the U.S. Commerce Department reported.
Bob Nielsen, chairman of the National Association of Home
Builders and a home builder from Reno, Nev., said not much has changes to improve
the housing market’s fortunes.
"The fact that new-home sales fell by less than one percent
in July is an indication of how little conditions have changed in the housing
market," Nielsen said. "While new-home inventories are exceptionally
thin, home builders are still competing with large numbers of foreclosed and
distressed homes on the market and a climate of uncertainty in which consumers
are reluctant to go forward with a major purchase for fear of what economic
news tomorrow might bring."
NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe said he was not
"The sales pace of newly built, single-family homes
in July was in line with what it has been over the last year, and this is in
keeping with our forecast," he said. "While we expect to see some
marginal gains in sales activity through the rest of 2011, we do not foresee
any major advances until economic growth helps boost home buyers'
Home sales hold steady
September 15, 2011