Sales increased 8.3 percent from May to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 497,000 units, the highest since May 2008, a news agency reported. The median sale price of new houses sold in June was $249,700, up 7.4 percent from a year ago.

Seasonally adjusted estimate of new houses for sale at the end of June was 161,000 units, which represented a supply of 3.9 months at the current sales rate.

The US housing market has shown further signs of strength in recent months. Economists say new home sales, though accounting for a smaller share than existing home sales in the market, have an outsized impact on jobs and personal consumption


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