US Census Bureau and HUD released their June 2009 New Residential Sales  (New Home Sales) today and the news is generally positive , exceeding expectations but upon further analysis , doesn’t mean much yet and also confirms how weak the upper end is:
Number of sales
Sales of new one-family houses in June 2009 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 384,000, according to estimates released jointly today by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. This is 11.0 percent (Â±13.2%)* above the revised May rate of 346,000, but is 21.3 percent (Â±11.4%) below the June 2008 estimate of 488,000.
The median sales price of new houses sold in June 2009 was $206,200; the average sales price was $276,900. The seasonally adjusted estimate of new houses for sale at the end of June was 281,000. This represents a supply of 8.8 months at the current sales rate.
Inventory is down 4.1% from last month and 35.6% from June 2008.
The high end market share is getting hammered though.
In June 2008, 4.4% of new home sales were higher than $750,000 In June 2009, 2.8% of new home sales were higher than $750,000
The 2009 figure is much weaker than that considering overall new sales have fallen 21.3% over the same period possibly bringing many of the 2008 $750,000+ sales below the $750,000 threshold.
It’s all about new construction and jumbo credit.
UPDATE: Floyd Norris says this is the worst new home sale results  by far since the metric was first tracked in 1963.