Sales declined the most in the West (-26.3 percent to 126 thousand), followed by the Midwest (-13.1 percent to 73 thousand), the Northeast (-7.5 percent to 37 thousand) and the South (-4 percent to 333 thousand).
The median sales price of new houses sold was $309,200 lower than $318,700 in the previous month. The average sales price was $368,300 below $385,400 in March.
The stock of new houses for sale went up to 268 thousand from 264 thousand in March. This represents a supply of 5.7 months at the current sales rate.
Year-on-year, new home sales rose 0.5 percent.