New single-family home sales declined to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 571,000 in July, according to the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The July level was 9.4% below the upwardly revised June rate of 630,000 and 8.9% below the July 2016 estimate. July’s sales were the weakest figure since December.
Sales grew 6.2% in Midwest but fell in each of the other regions. The Northeast, South and West posted losses of 23.8%, 4.1% and 21.3%, respectively.
The median price of a new home was $313,700, up 0.7% from June. The average price was $371,200.
At the end of July, the estimated supply at the current sales grew to 5.8 months.
Read the Census/HUD release.