Home Sales Up At End Of Dismal Year, Offering Hope

By Salon Staff
January 20, 2012 8:09PM (UTC)
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Home sales rose in December to the highest pace in nearly a year. The gain coincides with other signs that show the troubled housing market improved at the end of last year

Still, sales remain depressed and ended 2011 well below healthy levels.

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The National Association of Realtors says home sales increased 5 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.61 million.

For the year, home sales totaled only 4.26 million, up from 4.19 million the previous year. Since the housing bust four years ago, home sales have slumped under the weight of foreclosures, tighter credit and falling price.


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