Only two more days ... thank goodness!
One quick bit of news in the meantime: Both new and existing home sales figures were released for the month of May. The rate of new home sales was stronger than expected, up 4.6% from April. What happened? Builders slashed prices and threw "cash on the hood" a la GM, that's what. My evidence: The advertisements all around me AND the fact the median price of a new home plunged more than $10,000 between April and May. May's $235,300 median price was the lowest since last July. Inventory for sale (in absolute numbers) dropped a bit, however.
On the existing side of the business, sales fell 1.2% between April and May and inventory ballooned to a fresh high of 3.6 million units. Prices were up 6% YOY. The latest figures don't change my overall outlook: Housing is headed into the toilet over the longer-term due to slumping sales, panicky speculators, surging supply, rising interest rates, a looming tightening in lending standards, higher ARM payments (do I need to keep going on?)