Sales of US new homes recovered in April after slumping in the previous two months.
But Americans are still buying new homes at a slower pace than they did a year ago.
The Commerce Department said on Friday that sales of new homes rose 6.4 per cent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 433,000.
That compares with an upwardly revised annual pace of 407,000 in March, when purchases fell 6.9 per cent.
Buying had dropped 4.4 per cent in February, in part because of winter snowstorms.
Demand for newly built homes remains one of the missing pieces of the nearly five-year-old recovery from the Great Recession.
A lack of affordability has limited buying around the country.
Sales of new homes are running at roughly half the rate of a healthy real estate market.
Warmer weather has yet to heat up the housing market after a harsh winter slowed sales in January and February.
Higher prices and mortgage rates over the past year have sidelined many would-be buyers.
Sales during April surged in the Midwest and edged up in the South, while home-buying was flat in the West and fell in the Northeast.
New-home sales have declined 4.2 per cent over the past 12 months.
The median sales price, which can be volatile, fell a slight 2.1 per cent during the past month to $US275,800 ($A298,400).