The seasonally adjusted number of new homes sold and for sale declined 14.2 percent in the Northeast and 13.1 percent in the West from May 2004 to June 2004, the U.S. Census Bureau reported today, but rose 9.6 percent in the South. Overall, the number of new houses sold and for sale dropped 0.8 percent across the nation during that period, while June 2004 new-home sales were 11.1 percent above June 2003 levels. There were an estimated 696,000 new homes sold and for sale in June 2004 in the South, according to seasonally adjusted Census statistics, which is the highest level reported in any U.S. region. The seasonally adjusted number of new homes sold and for sale in the South increased 25.6 percent from June 2003 to June 2004. Sales of new single-family homes in June 2004 were at a sea...
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