New Home Sales Fell 7% Last Month

Though the rate of new home sales fell in December it's still better than a year ago

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New-home sales fell to an annual rate of 369,000 in December compared to November’s annual rate of 398,000, CNN reports.

Last month’s rate of sales, which fell 7.3%, was  lower than analysts expected, but well above a year ago.

The real estate market is still showing signs of recovery. Existing home sales in 2012 totaled 4.65 million units, up 9% from 2011, and the strongest year since 2007. And new home sales from last year are the strongest since 2009.