Builder Data Shows Slight Drop in June New Home Sales

Julie C. Nichols General

Reblogged from Mortgage Daily News @JannSwanson

New home sales are predicted to have dipped by a fraction in June in a report Thursday from the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA). Based on information provided by the mortgage subsidiaries of new home builders, the group sees sales down 0.2 percent. The change does not include any adjustment for typical seasonal patterns.

MBA said that 67.7 percent of mortgage applications received by lenders were for conventional loans and 18.2 percent were for FHA-backed products. VA loans and RHS/USDA loans had respective shares of 13.4 percent and 0.7 percent. The average loan size for new home purchase decreased from $328,032 in May to $326,175 in June.

"Thus far in 2016, average loan sizes for new homes have been higher than for the same period in 2015, but that gap has recently been declining," said Lynn Fisher, MBA’s Vice President of Research and Economics. "The three-month moving average loan size was $326,480 in June relative to a series high of $329,119 in February and just over 2 percent higher than June a year ago. On a year over year basis, our June estimate of 530,000 new home sales was up 7 percent."

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