Home sales in February came in at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 313,000. In January, the rate stood at 318,000 new homes sold, the department said, releasing a revised figure.
The rate of home sales in February was 11.4 percent above the 281,000 new single-family homes sold in the same month of 2011.
The Commerce Department said the average sale price for a new home sold in February was $233,700.
Going into March, there were 150,000 new homes on the market, a 5.8-month supply at the current rate of sales, the Commerce Department said.
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