May 2022's new home sales in the United States were stronger than expected. Political Calculations' initial estimate of the market cap for new homes sold in the U.S. during May 2022 is $32.73 billion, an increase of 3.1% from April 2022's revised estimate of $31.75 billion.
The latest update of our chart shows the surging market capitalization of new homes in the U.S.
While rising new home sale prices continued to boost the new home market cap, May 2022's data also benefited from an unexpected increase in the number of sales that came despite surging mortgage rates. Both these factors are illustrated in the next two charts.
Because new home sales are counted toward GDP when their sales contracts are signed, a rising trend in the market cap for new homes boosts the U.S. economy. The National Association of Home Builders estimates new home sales contribute 3% to 5% of the nation's Gross Domestic Product.
That may not sound like much, but new home sales are providing a tailwind for an economy slowing under the growing weight of President Biden's inflation. How long that might continue in the economic climate the Biden administration has fostered is an open question.