The report was far weaker than Wall Street had been expecting and raised concerns that rising mortgage delinquencies and foreclosures, especially in the subprime market, would further depress housing activity in the months ahead as nervous lenders tighten their standards. “Lending standards apparently are tightening not only in the subprime market but in other components of mortgage lending as well, and this is creating tremendous uncertainties regarding the near-term outlook for home sales and housing production,” said David Seiders, chief economist for the National Association of Home Builders. Sales were down in every region of the country except the West. – Associated Press WASHINGTON – Sales of new homes fell for a second consecutive month in February, dimming hopes for a rebound soon in the troubled housing market and raising fears about the health of the overall economy. The Commerce Department reported Monday that sales of single-family homes dropped 3.9 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 848,000 units, the slowest pace in nearly seven years. The decline followed a 15.8 percent plunge in January, the biggest one-month dip in 13 years. The weakness in sales was accompanied by a drop in prices, with the median price of a new home falling to $250,000 in February, down 0.3 percent from a year ago. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
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