NAHB: Weak new home sales show urgent need for financial rescue planMortgagePress.comNational Association of Home Builders, bailout, housing market, NAHB, Commerce Department
In the latest evidence of severe and ongoing weakness in the
housing and financial markets, the Commerce Department has reported
that sales of newly built single-family homes fell 11.5 percent to
a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 460,000 units in August. This
is 34.5 percent below the August 2007 rate of a year earlier and
the lowest level since January of 1991.
"This report is yet another example of how the housing sector is
suffering the effects of the financial meltdown and extreme
tightening of consumer and business credit," Sandy Dunn, president
of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home
builder from Point Pleasant, W. Va., said while attending the
association's board of directors meeting in San Diego.
"Now is the time for Congress to come together in a bipartisan
fashion to pass a financial rescue plan that stabilizes financial
markets and gets at the root problems of declining home values and
rising foreclosures. This legislation will help shore up home
values and unfreeze credit lines, two moves that are absolutely
essential to get the economy moving again," Dunn added.
"The major downshift in new-home sales in August reflected a
weakening economy and job market as well as tight mortgage credit
market conditions," said NAHB Chief Economist Dave Seiders. "And
this occurred well before the most recent round of financial market
turmoil, accentuating the urgent need for immediate action on the
Administrations financial rescue plan."
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