Does the collapse in new home sales signal a bad Spring market for existing home sales?

Today’s new home sales were horrible. The worst ever, actually. And, far below expectations.

Diana Olick thinks this could foreshadow bad existing home sales this Spring:

Remember, this number from the Census is based on contracts signed in February, not closings, like the existing home sales number from the Realtors. That means it is a real indicator of how the Spring market is starting.

If demand is fading right as we head into the time of year when a lot more homes typically come up for sale, home price declines could accelerate quickly.

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