Sales in the Northeast surged 52.8 percent to 55,000, those in the west increased 18.8 percent to 152,000 and sales in the South went up 15.8 percent to 352,000, offsetting a 4.8 percent fall in sales in the Midwest (to 60,000).
The median sales price of new houses sold in April increased to $321,100 from $297,900 in March and 9.7 percent higher than a year earlier. The average sales price also went up to $379,800 from $353,900 in the previous month and rose 13.5 percent year-on-year.
The stock of new houses for sale declined 0.4 percent to 243,000. This represents a supply of 4.7 months at the current sales rate, the lowest since February last year.
Year-on-year, new home sales grew 23.8 percent in April.