The Commerce Department today reported that 2007 sales of new single-family homes fell at their sharpest clip since 1963, the year it first began tracking these figures. An estimated 774,000 new homes were sold last year, down approximately 26.4 percent from 2006 when 1.05 million homes sold. The last time new-home sales registered such a large annual drop was in 1980 when sales were off 23 percent. For December, sales of new single-family homes, at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 604,000, were 4.7 percent lower than November's revised rate of 634,000 and approximately 40.7 percent lower than the December 2006 estimate of 1.02 million. By region, December sales in the South fell 6.5 percent from November and 36.3 percent from a year ago; sales in the West sank 6 percent from Nove...
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