Sales in the Northeast recorded the biggest drop (-34.3 percent to 23 thousand), followed by the South (-12.3 percent to 343 thousand) and the Midwest (-2.4 percent to 81 thousand) while sales in the West rose 8 percent to 162 thousand.
The median sales price of new houses sold declined to $284,000 from 293,100 in the previous month and 300,200 a year earlier. In contrast, the average sales price increased to $353,600 from $352,000 in July an 348,800 a year earlier.
The stock of new houses for sale increased 1.7 percent to 235 thousand. This represents a supply of 4.6 months at the current sales rate.
Year-on-year, new home sales increased 20.6 percent.