Housing sales data took a turn in the wrong direction in March.
Sales of new single-family houses in March 2012 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 328,000, according to estimates released jointly today by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The March rate is 7.1% below the revised February rate of 353,000, but it’s 7.5% above the same rate from a year ago.
The median sales price of new houses sold in March 2012 was $234,500, down from $236,900 in February. The average sales price rose to $291,200, up from $269,700. The seasonally adjusted estimate of new houses for sale at the end of March was 144,000. This represents a supply of 5.3 months at the current sales rate.