Real estate's June report card

Guest perspective: Sales slower than reported

Relying on data without understanding the methodology can lead to wrong conclusions. For example, the Census Bureau is reporting that new-home sales are only down 6 percent from one year ago, which we know is incorrect. For accurate new-home sales estimates, see the press releases of publicly traded home builders — all of whom are reporting sales (orders) that are down 20 percent-40 percent from one year ago.