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Reversal for new-home sales

Builder inventory shrinks despite 3.6% drop in sales

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Sales of newly built single-family homes fell 3.6 percent from August to September to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 402,000, a 7.8 percent decline from a year ago, the Census Bureau said today.It was the first month-over-month decline in new-home sales since March, although builders were still able to chip away at the inventory of new homes on the market, which fell 4 percent from August to a seasonally adjusted 251,000 units.That represented 7.5 months of supply -- unchanged from August, thanks to the slower pace of sales -- down from a recent peak of 12.4 months in January, when there were 340,000 new homes for sale. Housing analysts consider six months of supply to be a healthier balance between supply and demand.At $204,800, the median sales price of new homes sold in September was down 9 percent from a year ago. *** What's your opinion? Leave your comments below or send a letter to the editor. ...