New home sales rose 11.6% to an annualized pace of 481,000 in December.
Expectations were for new home sales to rise 2.7% in December to an annualized pace of 450,000, up from November's annualized pace of 438,000, which was a 1.6% decline from October.
This report shows signed contracts, not closed sales, for newly built homes.
In December, the median sale price of new homes was $298,100 with the average price coming in at $377,800.
At the current pace of sales, there is 5.5 months inventory of new homes.
In a note to clients following the report, Ian Shepherdson at Pantheon Macro said the bounce in home sales was likely related to favorable weather conditions and does not indicate a shift in the trend, which is still between a pace of 400,000 and 460,000.
This data comes after the latest Case-Shiller home price report showed that prices rose in November when compared to the prior month, but increased at a slower pace against last year.
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