NEW YORK ( CNBC) -- Sales of newly built homes fell hard in June, despite newfound optimism in the housing recovery, especially among the home builders themselves. Signed contracts to buy new homes fell 8.4% from the previous month, according to the U.S. Commerce Department, although they are still up 15% from a year ago. Sales levels are now at their lowest since January. This is the second miss for housing in the same month. Sales of existing homes fell as well, despite expectations for a gain.
By Diana Olick, CNBC Real Estate Reporter
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