May 22, 2012 The news is one sign that home prices may finally be recovering.
A sign of the times at a new housing development in Danville, Calif., last year.
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February 24, 2012 But they were still up from a year earlier. And late-2011 estimates have been revised upward. So the news appears to add to signs that the housing sector is stabilizing.
February 22, 2012 The news is being seen as another sign that the housing sector is getting healthier.
A for sale sign in front of a home, in Milton, Mass., last week.
November 21, 2011 While sales were up 1.4 percent in October, so were the number of deals that fell through because of declined mortgage applications or other reasons.
June 29, 2011 There was an 8.2 percent increase in contract signings last month, the National Association of Realtors says.
June 23, 2011 The housing sector continues to struggle.
June 21, 2011 The reasons include bad weather and higher gasoline prices. Regardless, sales were down nearly 4 percent in May from April and were off more than 15 percent from a year earlier.
Sales did move up, but the pace remains weak.
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April 25, 2011 But sales were still 21.9 percent below the pace of March 2010.
April 20, 2011 But the pace remained well below the level of March 2010. And much of the growth was due to investors snapping up bargain-priced foreclosed homes.
Sign of the times: At a development in Volo, Ill., earlier this month.
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March 23, 2011 A huge inventory of foreclosed homes continues to weigh down demand for newly constructed houses.
March 21, 2011 Sales of "distressed homes" — mostly those where lenders have foreclosed — continue to push down prices.
Jan. 10, 2011: A sold sign in front of a home in Millis, Mass.
February 23, 2011 But a drop in prices signals that the housing market's bottom may not yet have been reached.
January 26, 2011 While the year ended with a bang, sales were still down sharply from 2009 and have fallen five years in a row.
December 30, 2010 Those are home sales where a deal has been signed, but not yet closed. Since hitting a low in June, they've risen over the past five months -- but remain 5 percent below the level of November 2009.
December 22, 2010 Sales of single-family homes, townhouses, condominiums and co-ops rose 5.6 percent from October, to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.68 million, the National Association of Realtors says.
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