Sales rose in the Midwest (30.9 percent to 89 thousand), the West (7.5 percent to 157 thousand) and the South (3.6 percent to 313 thousand) but slumped 21.4 percent to 33 thousand in the Northeast.
The median sales price of new houses sold was $296,200, lower than $308,200 in the previous month. The average sales price was $390,400, above $355,300 in January.
The stock of new houses for sale went up to 261 thousand from 260 thousand in January. This represents a supply of 5.4 months at the current sales rate.
Year-on-year, new home sales rose 12.8 percent.