The Christian Science Monitor reports this morning in, “New home sales climb 1.5 percent, bolstering housing recovery” that new home sales rose 1.5 percent in March compared to February and were up even more, 18.5 percent, from a year ago, based on data released Tuesday by the Commerce Department.

More news headlines:

New home sales strengthen as U.S. Builders drive growth – Daily Herald (via Bloomberg News)

New-home sales slightly up in March – Medill News Service

Health of housing market improved in March -Kane County Chronicle