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New home sales plunge in July

8:15 PM, Aug. 23, 2013
New home sales in the United States dropped sharply in July.
New home sales in the United States dropped sharply in July.
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New home sales plunged 13.4 percent in July, in one of the first signs that higher mortgage rates may be cutting into home demand.

Sales fell to a seasonally adjusted rate of 394,000 a year, from 497,000 in June, the Census Bureau reported Friday. Sales were 6.8 percent higher than last July.

The median price was $257,200, up from $249,700 last month, and there were 171,000 homes for sale at the end of July, representing a five-month supply at the current sales pace. ...

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