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New-home sales hit two-year high in May

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Sales of new, single-family homes rose nearly 20 percent year over year in May, according to a monthly report by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.  New-home sales were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 369,000 last month, up an estimated 7.6 percent from April's revised rate and 19.8 percent above the estimated sales rate in May 2011, the report said. Last month's sales rate was the highest since April 2010, when sales hit an annual rate of 422,000. New-home sales have been rising on a year-over-year basis for eight straight months, since October 2011, according to historical data from the census bureau. The Northeast saw the biggest yearly jump in new-home sales (127.8 percent) followed by the South (16.6 percent), the West (10.8 percent), and the Midwest (2.4 percent). New homes sold for a median $234,500 in May, up 5.6 percent from May 2011. The seasonally adjusted estimate of new homes for sale at the end of May was 145,000, down 1...