US New Home Sales Hit Fastest Pace Since 2008
Sales of new homes increased 9.6% last month
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 26, 2014 10:18 AM CST
In this Thursday, Jan. 9. 2014, photo, a sold sale sign hangs in front of a house in Mount Lebanon, Pa. The Commerce Department releases new home sales for January on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014.    (Gene J. Puskar)

(Newser) – US sales of new homes rebounded in January to the fastest pace in more than five years, offering hopes that housing could be regaining momentum after a slowdown last year caused by rising interest rates. The Commerce Department says sales of new homes increased 9.6% in January to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 468,000. That was the fastest pace since July 2008.

It came as a surprise to economists who had been forecasting a sales drop in January, in part because of a belief that activity would be held back by bad winter storms in many parts of the country. Sales had fallen 3.8% in December and 1.8% in November, leading to worries that the housing recovery could be losing momentum.

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Feb 27, 2014 5:11 PM CST
I had to buy in Oakland because it's cheaper than renting in San Francisco. $3,000 for a one bedroom? F that now I have a $2600 mortgage for a 3 bedroom 2 bath with a huge yard.
Feb 27, 2014 12:50 AM CST
Overly optimistic report- Home prices still have to fall somewhat to balance out with the lower salary level of a country where wages are being cut to reflect a service economy
Feb 26, 2014 12:24 PM CST
New home sales in Jan 14: +41k Existing home sales in Jan 14: -250k Total Sales: - 209k for Jan 2014 It seems like some reporters are playing on their "Sit and Spins" today.