Visualizing The Distribution Of New Home Sales By Pricing Bucket
The earlier post citing Rosenberg's claim that there were no new homes sales in July in the $750,000+ bucket has generated quite a controversy. It appears some are stuck up on the Census Bureau definition's of footnote Z (Table 2 of the linked excel sheet) which is the designator for home sales for June and July, defined loosely as "Less than 500 units or less than 0.5 percent." Since this is an open ended range, and could indicate 0 just as easily as 500, we leave it up to our readers' imagination to draw their conclusion which end of the range is correct. However, what is without question, is that as of July, the combined proportion of new homes sold in the over $400,000 range, is the lowest it has been in a year. For the first time since July 2009, the houses costing $399,999 or under as a percentage of total has crossed 90%. And like the claim that the quality of the New York Times journalists is the best in the world, there is just no debating that (unless of course one wishes to brand all the data emanating from within the bowels of the government's data machine as questionable at best).