Sales of new single-family houses in December 2012 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 369,000, 7.3 percent below the revised November rate of 398,000, but is 8.8 percent above the December 2011 estimate of 339,000, according to the latest numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The median sales price of new houses sold in December 2012 was $248,900; the average sales price was $304,000. The seasonally adjusted estimate of new houses for sale at the end of December was 151,000. This represents a supply of 4.9 months at the current sales rate.
An estimated 367,000 new homes were sold in 2012. This is 19.9 percent above the 2011 figure of 306,000.