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U.S. New-Home Sales Post Surprise Drop Amid Record-High Prices

  • Median sales price rose to a record $374,400 last month
  • New homes for sale were at highest levels since July 2019
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Sales of new U.S. homes dropped unexpectedly in May as elevated home prices continue to weigh on affordability and builders rush to replenish inventory.

Purchases of new single-family homes fell 5.9% to a 769,000 annualized pace after an downwardly revised 817,000 in April, government data showed Wednesday. The median estimate in a Bloomberg survey of economists called for a 865,000 rate.