WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer people bought new homes in December, making 2011 the worst sales year on record.
The Commerce Department said Thursday new-home sales fell last month to a seasonally adjusted annual pace of 307,000. The pace is less than half the 700,000 that economists say must be sold in a healthy economy.
About 302,000 homes were sold last year. That's less than the 323,000 sold in 2010, making 2011 the worst year on records dating back to 1963.
The median sales prices for new homes dropped in December to $210,300. Builders continued to slash price to stay competitive.