U.S. Consumer Confidence rebounded strongly in March within optimism over the labor market while house prices increased in January.
Rising confidence and home prices adds to the belief that the first-quarter slowdown will be temporary.
While consumers were less optimistic about the short-term outlook, they had greater confidence in the labor market, with the share of those anticipating more jobs in the months ahead increasing significantly. The proportion of consumers expecting income growth also rose solidly, which should help to strengthen Consumer spending.
Sales of new single family houses in August 2014 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 504,000, up from July’s printing of 427,000, the fastest rate in six years and the biggest monthly jump since January 1992.
The biggest gains and by far the reason for the big increase were new home sales in the West, one of the two largest housing markets, along with the South.
New home sales in the West were up 50% over July.
The South saw an 8% increase. The South is by far the largest region for new home sales, outdistancing all other regions combined.
The median sales price of new houses sold in August 2014 was $275,600; the average sales price was $347,900.