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New Home Sales "Beat" - What This Means In Context

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Moments ago new home sales came in at 369K, a "big beat" to expectations of a 347K print and up from the 343K previously. What does this mean? The chart below sums it up.


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Mon, 06/25/2012 - 10:13 | 2557642 Jason T
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The disintigration will continue and there is no power great enough to stop it.  Aggregate demand collapse.  

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 10:19 | 2557671 Pladizow
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Fewer homes being sold is a good thing!

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 10:21 | 2557682 Aziz
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Fall off a cliff and then rise up 5.5%?

Great Success! 

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 10:23 | 2557695 Caviar Emptor
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Behold the look of a post-bubble economy. Japan here we come

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 10:28 | 2557720 JPM Hater001
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By the time you toss out the cup and grab the pail it wont matter.  The water will continue to wash in...violently.

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 10:30 | 2557740 Pure Evil
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If that chart is considered UP, then you might want to talk to your doctor about a prescription for Viagra.

Better yet, if you want a second opinion, ask the wife.

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 11:51 | 2558160 SoCalBusted
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You're ugly too!

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 12:51 | 2558467 Joe Sixpack
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"Fall off a cliff and then rise up 5.5%?"


Dead Cat Bounce.

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 15:22 | 2559170 SeattleBruce
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Is there resistance above from the 1966 new homes print?

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 11:38 | 2558107 Seer
Mon, 06/25/2012 - 12:37 | 2558413 Freegold
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Sure is, I know a recovery when i find one!

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 10:20 | 2557678 Kayman
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The lowest of the lows for the past 50 years is the highest of the highs for the past 2 years. 

Bloomey shilling for Oby.

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 10:35 | 2557765 Alea Iactaest
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The head fakes just keep on coming. Sort of reminds me how we saw the smart people* went broke in 1929, then the really smart people went broke in 1932, and finally the really really smart people went broke in 1937. BTFD!


(I was going to write "money" instead of people, but there is a human toll to all of this.)

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 10:36 | 2557771 TrainWreck1
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Note that the numbers increase after the end of every 'recession', except the last one


Mon, 06/25/2012 - 12:54 | 2558480 Ragnar24
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I also noticed that these "dumb" money retail investors (aka homebuyers) have incredible predictive power -- it looks to me that every recession was preceded by a decline in new home buying.

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 10:55 | 2557871 Stock Tips Inve...
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I agree. This graph reflects the current situation within a historical context. Beyond what they say the figures for this month compared to last month, this level remains very low. Evidence of the difficulties of the economy to recover.

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 11:06 | 2557921 Rainman
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Here's more chart porn from Doctor Bubble on the median house pricing change in the 20 largest metros since 2006.

Pretty accurate indicator of why household net worth has been crushed !



Mon, 06/25/2012 - 11:53 | 2558167 g speed
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Houston/Dallas still in reset from the "savings and loan" debotch of the Keating Five erra-- just shows how long these "burst bubbles" take to reinflate.

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 10:25 | 2557705 ArkansasAngie
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And ... they don't want mean ole investors buying houses at their true economic value.. Nope can't have that.  Price discovery is a bitch.  Hey Benny how many banksters does it take to kill an economy?


Evidently just one


Mon, 06/25/2012 - 10:29 | 2557726 lotusblue
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Aggregate demand collapse Indeed! the chart goes back 50 years and we're at lowest in all that time.Population has more than doubled.

Coportists have decided thier earlier bites not big enough.                                                                                              

A tipping point is approaching,something along the lines of French Revolution.

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 12:13 | 2558280 Quinvarius
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Aggregate demand.  Sounds like something the Ancients had.  Wonderous people.  Soon there will be an Ancient Aliens episode on the history channel explaining aggregate demand and stonehenge.

That was a quarry/stone mason joke BTW.

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 10:13 | 2557645 rubearish10
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Err, not much?

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 10:13 | 2557648 mrktwtch2
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looks like the nas chart from 99 to 01..

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 11:21 | 2557781 Alea Iactaest
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This housing chart, the nas chart... fucking amateur hour. Try this one (DJIA 1920-1940):

Have a nice day!

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 10:14 | 2557653 GolfHatesMe
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Sipderman Towels with a new home

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 10:15 | 2557660 Beevreetr
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Rock that hill on a Burton !!

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 10:16 | 2557662 Dr. Engali
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I think the trendline is definitely broken in that chart.

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 10:17 | 2557665 insanelysane
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Halfway there.

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 10:18 | 2557667 BobPaulson
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They only need it to do that about one or two more decades and they can get through the inventory.

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 10:18 | 2557670 monopoly
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Bouncing along the bottom until the bottom falls apart.

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 10:19 | 2557673 GubbermintWorker
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It's called......noise.

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 10:19 | 2557674 insanelysane
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George Soros says that Germans need to buy houses in US, Spain, Greece, Italy, Ireland, France, UK, Japan,............

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 10:38 | 2557789 HardlyZero
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And some wealthy are building and moving to new homes.  BFD.

Gentrification is probably on the upswing into the center cities...these are where UTILITIES will become KING.

Got Water?  Got Electric ?  Got natGAS ?

If you are on the city outskirts you are effectively OFFLINE or OFFGRID.

Get your better/central address...while you can at a reasonable price.

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 11:52 | 2558165 Seer
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Got FOOD, bitch?

I have wood for fuel.  The electrical gadgets will, over time, become worthless.

Enjoy your city life!

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 11:43 | 2558130 AbbeBrel
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Thanks that comment made my day!!! :-)   IT WAS REALLY FUNNY (sorry for being so loud :-) 

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 10:22 | 2557676 francis_sawyer
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So I'm basically wondering that as they start bulldozing houses to clear inventory, will the banks still carry the bulldozed house as an asset on the balance sheet /rhetorical...

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 10:31 | 2557744 Freewheelin Franklin
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Clear inventory? Nah. They are going to start bulldozing houses because there is no basic maintenance like winterizing. I came across a house recently where the people moved out and left the water on in the basement. Nobody knew it until the neighbors saw water running down the driveway.

The "value" of many of these houses is the cost of demolition.

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 11:40 | 2558116 Its_the_economy...
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Ever seen mold creep up the walls from the baseboard in an empty house? I have. Remediation is not cheap. Neither is lung disease.

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 17:37 | 2559596 Freewheelin Franklin
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I'm in the NE. Mold isn't as big of a problem as say, down South. But don't try to tell that to the insurance companies.

We had a house where the plumber had to move a second floor toilet. He forgot to glue one of his joints. It held for about a month, believe it or not. The damage wasn't too bad, but the insurance company wanted every piece of drywall that got just a little wet, replaced. It about doubled the cost of repairs. They paid for it, so I didn't really care.  And did I mention, it happened the night before the family was leaving for a 2 week vacation. No shit.

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 10:20 | 2557679 Xinu
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With the market taking a beating a dose of hopium was in order.  This is very bullish!  (rolls eyes)

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 10:21 | 2557685 Caviar Emptor
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In a word, new households ain't got the bucks, the confidence or the desire to commit to 30 years of debt-slavery. Considering the outlook for jobs, advancement, social mobility, incomes and net worth it's a damn solid business decision. 

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 10:25 | 2557707 jowenchrist
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Damn straight CE ! Damn straight!

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 10:36 | 2557773 JohnKozac
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...considering soaring property taxes, maintenance costs, insurance,  utilities, can you commit to a 30 year mortgage?


That's probably why I see more and more unmowed lawns, borken windows, garbage in the streets....and that's the nice neigborhood!

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 10:42 | 2557809 Caviar Emptor
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Precisely, @John! It's the combo: Cost structure too high, incomes too low. Call it Bi-something

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 10:56 | 2557879 rufusbird
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You guys are scaring me. I thought it was only in my city!

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 10:22 | 2557690 killallthefiat
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The definition of beat for the NAR is "(v) a term used to create optimism, only to be revised downward in three weeks"

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 10:22 | 2557691 GubbermintWorker
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I wonder what that chart would look like if it was adjusted on a per 1,000 person basis thus taking into account the increase in population since 1960. Bet it would be butt ugly!

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 10:23 | 2557698 buchesky
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Well, clearly it's a bottom.

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 10:45 | 2557828 TrainWreck1
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or another ledge...

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 10:26 | 2557709 mayhem_korner
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So after this HUGE beat, the market in the past 30 months is still below any time in the prior 50 years?

Where can I buy some lenses like the ones the MSM wears when they report this stuff?

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 10:27 | 2557711 bdc63
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File this one under "Charts You Will NEVER see on CNBC"

Nicely done ZH .... again ...

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 10:26 | 2557712 Dr. Engali
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No Obummer care ruling today...WTF?

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 10:27 | 2557718 Freewheelin Franklin
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Speaking from experience, the only thing moving is the very cheap and the very expensive. The middle is dead. And the middle won't start moving until the market is allowed to hit bottom. It ain't there yet.

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 10:29 | 2557728 Never One Roach
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Go to some open houses ...they are still handing out zero down loans or near zero down.....that's one more reason house prices will continue to drop (as Shiller says). When you give people 'somehting for nothing' it does not work out well.

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 10:30 | 2557735 Hohum
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An annualized, adjusted number.  What is the unadjusted comparison for May sales, YOY?

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 10:31 | 2557739 Chupacabra-322
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You kidding me?  These Psycopaths/Sociopaths are professional liars.  You expect me to believe any numbers coming out of The US Dept. of Commerce?  Yea right.

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 10:30 | 2557741 Cognitive Dissonance
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Yeah! I top ticked the housing market when I bought my castle. That's good......right?



Mon, 06/25/2012 - 10:44 | 2557823 GCT
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My home is paid for CD!  Guess I was stupid!

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 10:34 | 2557763 orangedrinkandchips
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Still, today, we are seeing people fall over themselves to buy buy buy....My friends in a college town within a big city sold their crib in 4 days. And, it's a tiny bungalo built post WW2, two bed, just tiny really but the location was key. It's a cliche but location x3 does hold up.


BUT, this is the epitome of a dead-cat bounce....


Just becase it USE to be 1.5MM and now it's a "steal" at 1.2MM......doesnt mean it's worth 1.2!!! I dont know the term but it's the opposite of low-balling someone. You overprice the asset and then slash it to show it's half of that price. You think it's a good deal...


but you are paying outrageous money for a depreciating asset....which has depreciated a shitload already! Both are going the wrong way.

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 11:58 | 2558194 Seer
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In the past homes weren't considered assets.

I once had an "investment" (sold prior to the bubble burst), now I have a "home" (with property, which provides me with wood for fuel and pasture for raising animals for food).

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 10:39 | 2557793 JohnKozac
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My friend bought a place outside LA last year for $1.2 million calling it " a steal."

Now he was transferred to Atlanta and guess takers even at $780,000.


As Dr Housing Bubbel wrties, the high end Cali market is getting worse by the week.

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 10:45 | 2557829 GCT
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Cali housing has alot further to fall.  Illegal immigrants do not make enough money to buy into that market.

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 10:46 | 2557835 mayhem_korner
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Looks like it was "a steal."  Just not for him...

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 10:52 | 2557857 slewie the pi-rat
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management of perception is very important in all media markets as we see daily...

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 10:54 | 2557868 Overflow-admin
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It just mean it will be revised lower...

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 11:00 | 2557893 dbomb12
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Right on "FRED"

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 11:03 | 2557904 Alejandrito
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So, where  are going to live krugman´s aliens?

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 11:04 | 2557907 mirac
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I could solve the problem with a fleet of D8s

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 12:02 | 2558220 Seer
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You're volunteering?  Free time AND fuel (not to mention other operational costs associated with operating that fleet)?

Nothing's free.  And AFTER everything is leveled you'll have the costs associated with demolition (unless, that is, you're going to do it for "free") AND loans you have to write off AND a population that STILL cannot afford homes.

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 12:06 | 2558251 Seer
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Actually, if the banks were smart they'd offer disgruntled, evicted previous home "owners" first shot at demolishing their previous homes for free.  Solves two problems: 1) eliminates demolition costs (well, I'm sure that there'll still be cleanup costs, but perhaps the bulk is taken care of); 2) Redirects pent up anger away from the banks.

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 11:22 | 2558028 Cult of Criminality
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 You always give me a chuckle. Thanks


Mon, 06/25/2012 - 11:30 | 2558072 apberusdisvet
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Gated communities to become mini FEMA camps, sold to the taxpayer at original loan amount plus 10% vig (to pay for the barbed wire and permanent on-site SWAT team).


solves a lot of problems, doesn't it.

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 11:30 | 2558075 Cortez
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With fixed 30 year mortgages at under 4% it makes it easier for a buyer to "qualify" since the loan payment is lower than in past years.  I do believe that once big banks have unloaded all their foreclosure inventory that Ben will cite inflation fears and end ZIRP. 

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 11:38 | 2558106 chiswickcat
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Now that the housing market is all fixed, better and doing fine, how come gold and silver heading up for the day???

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 11:42 | 2558126 Dan Conway
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Good news - We are almost to the previous bottom!  Bad news - just as the economy is beginning to roll-over - maybe the next "recovery" will get us back to the previous low. 

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 11:44 | 2558136 Snakeeyes
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Nice recovery ... not! Chicago Fed index down, so this housing recovery won't have legs.

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 11:46 | 2558145 icanhasbailout
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what a purchase with a loan is is "pulled forward demand"

easy credit brought something like 5 years' worth of net demand forward that otherwise would not have been under existing conditions


now we're when the demand was pulled forward from...

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 11:47 | 2558147 Snakeeyes
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Here is a blog I wrote yesterday based on my debate with Jared Bernstein, Biden's Chief Economist. The bigger picture numbers point to a questionable recovery.

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 11:48 | 2558152 Father Lucifer
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Very funny in a twisted way.

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 12:28 | 2558379 TideFighter
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Free houses for anyone that permanently goes off the government dole. Houses would be all gone in a week and we find the bottom. Why not? Cheaper than dole-for-life.

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 14:04 | 2558826 danster82
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And they are most likley property investment purchases rather than authentic familys buying property for the real use of a home.

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 16:46 | 2559436 Dead Canary
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It's the dawning of a new golden age.

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