The new-homes market is recovering—with sales on the rise—but hurdles including a lumber shortage are still hampering builders.
New listings of newly-built homes dropped 4.1% year over year to a seasonally-adjusted rate of 74,000 in August, reversing course after a 3.8% gain in July. Meanwhile, new listings of existing homes grew 5.2%.
“There’s plenty of demand for new homes, but builders are facing a unique and costly set of hurdles as they attempt to satisfy that demand,” said Redfin chief economist Daryl Fairweather. “Listings of new homes aren’t bouncing back