Home builders pull back on price cuts

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Home builders pull back on price cuts

By HBSDealer - 06/26/2020

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) has pointed to fewer builders lowering home prices as more evidence of a housing rebound.

According to the latest Housing Market Index (HMI) survey, the rate of home builders cutting prices to boost sales dropped to 15% in May. 

The previous survey showed that 22% of builders cut prices in April. 

In March 2008, during the last housing recession, about 49% of builders dropped prices, the NAHB said.

Builders who reduced prices in May cut them by an average of 5%, the same discount reported a month earlier. In contrast, builders were reducing home prices more aggressively in May 2007 (7%) and March 2008 (8%).

As economic turmoil has hit the United States as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, the NAHB has said that housing will help lead the nation out of recession levels.

Sales of new single-family homes demonstrated strength last month, rising 16.6% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 676,000 from the revised April rate of 580,000.