Sales of US new homes soar in August

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Sales of US new homes soar in August
FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 file photo, construction is underway at a housing development in Zelienople, Pa. The Commerce Department reports on sales of new homes in August on Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. sales of new homes surged in August, led by a wave of buying in the West and Northeast.

The Commerce Department says new home sales climbed 18 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 504,000. The report also revised up the July sales rate to 427,000 from 412,000.

Newly constructed homes sold at the fastest clip since May 2008 . It’s a sign that the real estate market might improve after the recovery from the Great Recession stalled during the past year because of sluggish wage growth and rising prices.

In the West, August purchases of new homes soared 50 percent compared to the prior month.

Sales grew 29.2 percent in the Northeast. Buying increased 7.8 percent in the South and remained flat in the Midwest.


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