Sales in the Northeast recorded the biggest gain (33.3 percent to 32 thousand), followed by the Midwest (8.6 percent to 76 thousand) and the South (3.4 percent to 338 thousand) while sales in the West fell 4.5 percent to 147 thousand.
The median sales price of new houses sold rose to $313,500 from $293,800 in the previous month and $307,600 a year earlier. The average sales price also increased to $377,700 from $356,200 in August and $367,800 a year earlier.
The stock of new houses for sale fell 0.4 percent to 235 thousand. This represents a supply of 4.8 months at the current sales rate.
Year-on-year, new home sales jumped 29.8 percent.