A sold sign last August in San Francisco.
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January 20, 2012 An estimated 4.26 million existing homes were sold last year, the National Association of Realtors says. Sales appeared to pick up in December, hitting an 11-month high.
A "sold" sign outside a home in Pasadena, Calif., in September 2009. New data show fewer such sales that year.
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December 21, 2011 While it says sales of existing homes rose 4 percent in November from October, the National Association of Realtors also reported today that there were about 2.9 million fewer homes sold from the start of 2007 through the end of 2010 than thought.
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.
September 21, 2011 Sales of existing homes rose 7.7 percent in August from July, the National Association of Realtors says.
July 20, 2011 There was an unusual increase in the number of canceled contracts, the National Association of Realtors says. It isn't yet known why cancellations rose, but tight credit may have been a factor.
June 29, 2011 There was an 8.2 percent increase in contract signings last month, the National Association of Realtors says.
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.
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.
A "sold" sign in the front yard of a home in Springfield, Ill., last month.
January 20, 2011 Sales of existing homes have now gone up five of the past six months. The index of leading indicators, meanwhile, is pointing to "an economic expansion that is gaining further traction."
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.
A sold sign in Coral Gables, FL.
November 23, 2010 But those sales slipped, the National Association of Realtors' chief economist believes the bottom has been reached and steady improvement should be ahead.
A house for sale in Miami Lakes, Fla. in July 2010.
July 22, 2010 Existing-home sales fell 5.1% in June according to the National Association of Realtors.
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