Demand for new homes went bonkers in May.
Sales surged 18.6% to an annualized rate of 504,000 units.
Economists were forecasting a 439,000 pace.
According to the report, the median sales price for homes sold during the month was $US282,000. The average price was $US319,200.
“The seasonally adjusted estimate of new houses for sale at the end of May was 189,000,” reported the Census Bureau. “This represents a supply of 4.5 months at the current sales rate.”
From the report: