“This month’s new-home sales report is consistent with other government data and rising builder confidence that indicate a continual recovery of the housing market,” said NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe. “The uptick in existing-home sales bodes well for builders, as it shows that the sellers are able to buy a new home.”
Regionally, home sales were mixed, rising 87.5 percent in the Northeast and 13.1 percent in the West. The Midwest registered a 5.7 percent decline and the West fell 4.3 percent.
The inventory of new homes for sale was 206,000 units in May. This is a 4.5-month supply at the current sales pace.