Home sales in October came in at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 307,000. In September, 303,000 new homes were sold, the department said, releasing a revised figure.
The rate of home sales in September came in 8.9 percent above the 282,000 new single-family homes sold in the same month of 2010.
The Commerce Department said the average sale price for a new home sold in October was $212,300.
Going into November, there were 162,000 new homes on the market, a 6.3-month supply at the current rate of sales, the Commerce Department said.