Sales of newly built, single-family homes rose 25.4 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 444,000 units in October, according to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The government also reported that new-home sales fell 6.6 percent in September. The release of both the September and October reports were delayed by the partial government shutdown in early October.
"The strong October results return us to the sales levels we saw earlier this year and negate the pause caused by the sudden jump in interest rates," said David Crowe, chief economist of the National Association of Home Builders
. "We expect sales to continue to rise as pent-up demand is released and first-time home buyers creep back into the market."
All four regions posted double-digit sales gains in October. Sales rose 19.2 percent in the Northeast, 34 percent in the Midwest, 28.2 percent in the South, and 15.2 percent in the West.
The months' supply of new homes fell to 4.9 due to the quicker sales pace in October, and the inventory of new homes for sale also edged down to 183,000 units.