Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Sharp Rise in New Home Sales
(photo: Newest section of Four Seasons at Great Notch in Woodland Park and Clifton)
New home sales rose last month at the fastest clip in more than eight years as buyers eagerly took advantage of bargain prices — a clear sign, economists said, that the real estate market may finally be bouncing back.
Historically low interest rates and a federal tax credit for first-time homeowners also helped push home sales to their highest level since November, the Commerce Department reported Monday.
While home prices are still falling around the country, sales have now risen for three months in a row. Construction of new homes is at the busiest level since last fall. And home resales rose in June for the third straight month.
"The worst of the housing recession," said David Resler, chief economist at Nomura Securities, "is now behind us."