US New Home Sales Surge 16.6% For May Thanks To Historic Low Interest Rates (Will The Fed Wave Into Negative Interest Rates?)

New home sales rose 16.6% MoM in May, a pleasant surprise for the US economy. This is nearly the exact opposite of yesterday’s existing home sales plunge of nearly 10% MoM in May.

(Bloomberg) – Prashant Gopal – New home sales in the U.S. rose more than expected in May, with record-low mortgage rates pulling buyers back into a housing market that froze up during the pandemic.

Purchases of single-family houses climbed 16.6% to a 676,000 annualized pace, government data showed Tuesday. The median forecast based on a Bloomberg Survey of economists was for 640,000.

Homebuilders are welcoming buyers back after social-distancing rules across much of the U.S. kept them on the sidelines in March and April. A growing share of buyers are opting for new homes because existing home listings are in short supply. Record-low interest rates have made the properties affordable to a larger share of buyers.

With the Taylor Rule at -11%, will The Fed venture into negative nominal rates?