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New-home sales plunged in February to record low

New-home sales plunged in February to record low

Sales of new U.S. homes plunged in February to the fewest on records dating back nearly half a century, a dismal sign for an already-weak housing market.
The Commerce Department says new-home sales fell 16.9 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 250,000 homes. It's the third straight monthly decline and far below the 700,000-a-year pace that economists view as healthy.
The median price of a new home dropped nearly 14 percent to $202,100, the lowest since December 2003. New home prices are now 30 percent higher than of those being resold.
Builders have struggled to compete with a wave of foreclosures that has lowered the price of previously occupied homes. High unemployment, tight credit and uncertainty over prices have also kept many potential buyers from making purchases.


Updated : 2021-08-06 02:45 GMT+08:00