- The Washington Times - Monday, July 27, 2009

The government said Monday that new U.S. home sales rose by the largest amount in nearly nine years last month, in another sign the housing market finally is bouncing back from the worst downturn in decades.

The Commerce Department said sales rose 11 percent in June to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 384,000, from an upwardly revised May rate of 346,000.

It was the strongest sales pace since November 2008 and exceeded the forecasts of economists surveyed by Thomson Reuters, who expected a pace of 360,000 units. The last time sales rose so dramatically was in December 2000.

Sales have risen for three straight months. The median sales price of $206,200, however, was down 12 percent from $234,300 a year earlier.

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