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Today’s data showed a larger-than-expected decline in June’s New Home Sales. According to analysts from Wells Fargo, the weakness in housing is getting harder to explain away.  

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“New home sales fell 5.3 percent in June to a 631,000-unit pace.”

“New home inventory has been rising and June’s 5.7-month supply is well within historical norms.”

“June’s softer new home sales should serve as a bit of a wakeup call. Housing simply is not going to strengthen as much as had been hoped. Higher mortgage rates and rising home prices are apparently a bigger hurdle than policymakers expected. Sales have fallen in two of the past three months.”

“Both the median and average price fell in June, as the share of homes priced just below the median accounted for a larger share of overall sales.”