How many of you reading this were aware that new home prices are down 12% since October 2014? Do not believe the propaganda. The headlines are full of lies. The numbers themselves are lies.
The 2.2% gain in new home “sales” from the Census Bureau was driven by what is likely a corrupted “sales” report from the northeast region. I am putting “sales” in quotes because “new home sales” as reported by the Census Bureau are based on contracts signed. How many of you were aware of that? On average right now roughly 20% of all contracts signed are cancelled. So the report has a natural 20% error built into it.
But wait, it gets better. According to the Census Bureau’s stated methodology, in areas where it can’t get data on contracts from homebuilders, it resorts to “guesstimating” the number of new contracts based on the number of permits filed in that area. In other words the Census Bureau’s data is outright an insane guess in some areas.
As it turns out, the CB is telling us there was an 87.5% jump in “sales” in the northeast in May vs. April. Well, guess what? It also turns out that there was a huge spike in permits filed in the northeast in May. I wrote about this here: Housing Starts Plunge, Permits Spike Up
Let’s look at some truth. First, here’s a graph that might startle you:
The graph above shows the year over year monthly change in private residential construction spending. You can see that the metric is falling off a cliff, just like it did when the Housing Bubble 1.0 popped. You shouldn’t need any more evidence to tell you that what is being reported by the media, Larry Yun, Wall Street and the Government is a complete fraud.
But it just so happens that I wrote a report for Seeking Alpha in which I take a scalpel to the latest Census Bureau reporting abortion and demonstrate that the Housing Bubble 2.0 is about to pop: May New Home Sales Were Not As Reported
As you can see from the graph above, the homebuilder sector is down 5.3% since its recent high close on April 1. During the same time period the S&P 500 has been flat. This divergence from the market indicates to me net selling by “smart” money. The pattern in the graph above also correlates with the move in mortgage rates from April to the present. If mortgage rates continue to trend higher, I believe it will exert forceful downward pressure on homebuilder stocks.