What Weather? New Home Sales Surge 9.6% In Feb As Median Home Price Drops To 5 Month low

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Following last month's biggest miss in 5 months, New Home Sales were revised higher in Jan and rose 9.6% in February to 468k (beating the 400k expectations by the most in 13 months). This is a new five-year high for new home sales. The "catastrophic" storm-battered NorthEast had new home sales of 33k (+73% MoM) - the highest since June; and the Snow-covered South saw huge sales. Home prices are up year-over-year by 3.4% but dropped to their lowest since August. If this does not entirely dismiss the 'weather is to blame' meme for any other macro weakness, then what does?

New 5 year highs for sales...


As prices drop...


and momentum is fading in price appreciation...


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Wed, 02/26/2014 - 11:11 | 4479979 Flakmeister
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Wed, 02/26/2014 - 11:13 | 4479999 VD
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yet mortgage apps are down as are 1st time buyers....

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 11:15 | 4480005 philipat
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Umm, baffle by bullshit??

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 11:19 | 4480014 Mercury
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How much you want to bet that repeat buyers and cash transactions have been up?

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 13:23 | 4480628 CrashisOptimistic
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The definitive housing recovery chart.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 11:25 | 4480034 Max Damage
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Wells Fargo's move into subprime went better than expected!!

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 11:31 | 4480055 VD
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return of the NINJA bitch!

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 11:46 | 4480126 slotmouth
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He never left, he was just hiding in the shadows.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 13:54 | 4480783 TruthHunter
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"mortgage apps are down as are 1st time buyers..."

   Who needs a mortgage if you have access to QE2 money?

Probably 100th time buyers are up.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 11:22 | 4480027 Max Damage
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How many houses on the FEDs balance sheet then ;)

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 11:12 | 4479985 Smegley Wanxalot
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Yes, cold weather prevents me from going out and buying coats, food, household needs and other shit, but I have no issue at all marching thru 10 feet of snow to 40 different houses to find one I like and then buying it.

What a crock of bullshit our govt stats are.

Fuck you Uncle Slick Sammy.  Lying maggot.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 11:12 | 4479993 kaiserhoff
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Great chart porn.   Scraping along the bottom.

One new thing in my area is condos failing.  You don't think about that in a college town, but a couple of projects don't just have a dozen for sale, they have a hundred or more, Florida style.  Look out below.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 11:31 | 4480048 pavman
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College towns are great investments for rental properties, esp. if they're cheap as dirt.  Which town is this?  Shit... buy the whole building and make it upscale and watch those mofos get into debt up to their eyeballs to for the pleasure of living there!  Just need a few hipsters the lemmings will follow into debt slavery.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 11:15 | 4479996 LawsofPhysics
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Lower prices lead to affordability and spending?  What is this bullshit, deflation is bad!!!




Of course, the number is probably bullshit anyway...


Wed, 02/26/2014 - 12:02 | 4480198 tip e. canoe
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it seems to be most definitely bullshit.

pull up a zillow on the NE recently sold, 30 days, all categories, both new & existing = ~16k TOTAL

granted there are sales that flow through zillow's cracks,
but both new & existing only ~16K while .gov's figures are 33k for new sales only????
come on...

this search = NE, recently sold, 90 days, built 2010- = a whopping ~1,888

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 11:13 | 4479997 NDXTrader
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That was a real stick save. I give that number 0.0% chance of being accurate

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 11:16 | 4480008 Winston Churchill
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Minitrue approved number.

Picked it from Obozo's ass so we know its a golden turd.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 11:33 | 4480068 RSloane
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72 hrs ago - "WS downturns amid poor housing data"

today - "WS ticks higher amid strong housing data"

.gov was just adjusting the headlines


Wed, 02/26/2014 - 11:16 | 4480006 ebworthen
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Notice it's new home sales, not existing.

Mid to upper level crony corporate and bankster management flush with cash eager to buy Muffy her new McMansion with granite counter tops, new carpet, and toilets that no one else has taken a crap in (don't tell her about the drywall guys).

It's easy to drive to view the McMansion with your $20 worth of Starbucks coffee in the all wheel drive German luxury sedan or SUV; and it's fun to look down your noses at the "little people" in their Sentras and Civics going off to slave for the kleptoligarchy.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 11:29 | 4480044 greatbeard
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My dear boy, I'll be daft if you don't sound a trite bitter.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 11:32 | 4480049 The_Ungrateful_Yid
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Muffy may have some new and sterile shitters, but muffy's hubby wasn't the first nor the last to drain his balls in her.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 11:46 | 4480127 Spastica Rex
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"Sentras and Civics"

I wish.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 12:42 | 4480412 dexter_morgan
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The recovery is awesome for about 1% of the population, and all the talking heads and professional bullshitters on the boobtoob are all in that group, so they figger everyone is.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 11:16 | 4480009 EuropeanBankster
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Probably homeless people getting ninja loans just to get shelter from the polar vortex..

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 11:17 | 4480011 NoIdea
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It's the economic recovery. Buy stocks! I got this great tip on a car company called "Tesla"...

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 11:23 | 4480013 Dr. Engali
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The fembots are confused. Does this mean moar QE or less QE? Much more of this and their brains will be scrambled.




Wed, 02/26/2014 - 11:18 | 4480015 SmackDaddy
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Has anybody esle seen these tough mudder ads I'm getting here with that hot bitch carrying some giant bald pussy.  All the biggest faggots in my gym seem to have tshirts from that or some warrior run or some shit.  Fucking pathetic.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 13:30 | 4480668 SilverFish
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Tough Mudder is for suburbanite cubicle dwellers who want to act tough by posting pics of their cronies and themselves posing in some lame warrior stance and growling at a camera, yet are too afraid to go out into the real wilderness to take on some real mountain climbing or whatever. Real tough guys. Just last year, one of em died by drowning and the Tough Mudder boards were filled with participants crybabying about the lack of sufficient EMT personnel on hand to prevent it. Real hard core warriors, I tell ya.


I agree, very pathetic. If ya can't handle your own drug, don't do it.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 11:20 | 4480021 Dollar Bill Hiccup
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Yea, everyone in North East was out home shopping in sub zero horror show.

Cuz rates had gone so low, what?

Cuz everyone buys houses in the middle of winter, what?

The only ones out buying on lower price are the next wave of speculators or buy to renters. De Blasio time, gov pays rent for everyone.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 11:25 | 4480036 Ness.
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This CAN'T be so - Joe Lasagna told me it's all the weather's fault.  Joe, say it ain't so!?

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 11:30 | 4480052 Hohum
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New Home Sales for February?  It must be great, the month isn't even over yet.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 11:31 | 4480059 HaroldWang
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So if the number was bad it would be due to the weather which would mean mkt rallies. But since the number was good, well, just rally because it's a good number. So easy when you know the game.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 11:31 | 4480060 Yen Cross
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    Get that worthless douche Susan Rice on the horn. She'll spin anything into cotton candy.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 11:36 | 4480080 SheepDog-One
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Anyone still believes any of these professional liars?

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 13:17 | 4480595 adr
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Seasonal adjusted bullshit about as reliable as Tesla's accounting ledger. Remove 400k and you're still double the real total.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 13:37 | 4480697 starman
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You should see Socal 75k Range Rovers and Benzes front of 750k

ctacker jack boxes!?Life's good lol! 

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:45 | 4481059 Alien 851
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Is there channel stuffing in housing... just wondering.....

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