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February New Home Sales Decline Sharply; Lowest Rates in a Week

The two-month rally in new home sales ended abruptly and definitively in February. The U.S. Census Bureau and Department of Housing and Urban Development said sales of newly constructed single-family homes dropped by 18.2 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 775,000 units but remained 8.2 percent higher than sales in February 2020. The January estimate, originally reported at 923,000 annualized units, was revised to 948,000. February’s number was 100,000 below the consensus estimate of analysts polled by Econoday. Their projections ranged from 825,000 to 970,000. Sales, on a non-adjusted basis, totaled 64,000 homes, down from 73,000 the prior month. Thus far in 2021 there have been 137,000 new homes sold compared to 122,000 by the same point in 2020. The 2020 total was 820,000 homes



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