Real estate's November report card

Guest perspective: New-home sales strong despite seasonality

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The housing market has been so hot for so long that it is easy to forget that new-home sales is a seasonal business. While the peak sales month occurs in March, there is usually a 28 percent decline in sales from August through December. The seasonally adjusted figures from the Census Bureau take this seasonality into account.

The housing market is going through its usual seasonal slowdown this year.