Looks like the practitioners of the dismal science need to punch up their gloomy meters.
The median price of a new home also fell, year-on-year, by 7.5 percent, from $243,900 to $225,700.
Just for fun: in 2005, the all time record for new home sales was 1.3 million. As of right now, the projection for 2007 is 795,000.
There is no sugarcoating these numbers. The Dow Jones industrial average, which had been inching its way back to record highs after the Federal Reserve rode to the rescue last week, immediately plunged. If housing has been a drag on the economy for the last year, it is now a millstone hanging around the neck.