Fewer builders reducing home prices as lockdown orders ease

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As lockdown orders began to ease in May and June, housing data rebounded quickly, providing evidence that this industry is positioned to lead the economy forward, the National Association of Home Builders says. Single-family permits rose almost 12% in May, mortgage applications are at their highest level since January 2020, and builder sentiment jumped 21 points in June – the highest one-month increase in the series history.

At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, there were rumors about builders lowering home prices as a result of the crisis. Last month’s HMI survey revealed that in fact only 22% of builders nationwide cut home prices in April 2020. This month’s survey reveals that the share of builders reducing prices to bolster sales dropped even lower in May 2020, down to 15%. For historical context, 49% of builders cut prices in March 2008, in the midst of the last housing recession.

See more at NAHB’s Eye on Housing blog.

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