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New-Home Sales Edge Higher (CNN MONEY)

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NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — New-home sales edged slightly higher last month, as more Americans hunted for bargains in the struggling housing market.
The Census Bureau reported an annual sales rate of 307,000 new homes last month, up 1.3% from a downwardly revised rate of 303,000 homes in September. Compared to new home sales a year ago, October sales were up 8.9%.
The 307,000 rate fell just short of expectations. Economists had forecast a sales rate of 312,000 new homes, according to consensus estimates from Briefing.com.
While the higher rate in October indicated that consumers are chipping away at the huge inventory of homes on the market, there’s still a long way to go.
There were about 162,000 new homes on the market by the end of October. That represented a 6.3-month supply at the current rate of sale. The median sale price was $212,300.

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