Sales of new U.S. homes sank 6.9% in April, mostly influenced by a decline in the sale of homes worth less than $300,000. The Commerce Department said that new homes sold at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 673,000 in April, down from 723,000 in March. However, year-to-date home sales are running 6.7% above the pace set in 2018.
Buyers have been helped by lower mortgage rates and a solid job market. But higher prices and a lack of sales listings have been an obstacle this year for sales of new and existing homes, limiting the number of people who can afford to buy.