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.
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 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.
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