By Diana Olick, CNBC Real Estate Reporter
NEW YORK ( CNBC) -- Sales of newly built homes are bouncing around a bottom, but prices are now at the lowest level of the year. The median price of a new home came in at $212,300 for October, which is up from a year ago, but October of 2010 represented the big fall after the end of the home buyer tax credit. The fact that October of this year saw the lowest price of the year so far is not good news going forward. What this means for the nation's big builders has the analysts split. "While we continue to believe prices may fall slightly from current levels, we believe pricing is essentially near its trough, and therefore should result in minimal impairment charges for the builders in 2012," writes Michael Rehaut at JP Morgan.
| More from CNBC While Other Investors Flee, One Group Is Buying |
Cyber Monday Heads for Record
Is It Really That Hard to Get a Mortgage?