Sales of new private homes, excluding executive condominiums, climbed 5.4% to 1,455 units in May.
This is compared to 1,380 new homes sold in April 2013, according to figures released by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA).
The number of new private homes sold in the city fringes jumped by about 27% from 473 units in April to 602 units in May.
This was mostly due to new project launches in the area.
However, sales of new private homes in the city area dropped to 125 units in May, compared to 178 units in the previous month.
Meanwhile, new private home sales in the suburbs contributed to slightly under half of the sales volume in May.
The take-up rate for new homes remained stable at 728 units in May compared to April's 729 units.