Washington, DC, May 23, 2013 -- Sales of new homes rose in April to the second-highest level since the recession ended, according to the Commerce Department.
Sales were spurred by pent-up demand, low interest rates and low inventories of older homes.
New home sales reached a an annual rate of 454,000, up 2.3% from 444,000 in March.
The gain was also a 29% improvement April of 2012.
Median prices rose 15% year-on-year to $271,600, a record level.