Sales climbed to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 369,000, which topped the revised April rate of 343,000 and came in 19.8 percent higher than 12 months prior when an estimated 308,000 new single-family homes were sold.
The Commerce Department said the average sale price for a new home sold in May was $273,900.
Going into June, there were 145,000 new homes on the market, enough to last 4.7 months at the current rate of sales, the Commerce Department said.
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