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Sales of new homes rose 3.3 percent in April

WASHINGTON — Americans bought more new homes last month, the latest evidence that the U.S. housing market could be starting to recover. New-home sales increased 3.3 percent in April from March to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 343,000, the ...

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Contracts for homes across U.S. rose last month

WASHINGTON — An index that tracks the number of signed contracts to buy U.S. homes rose to its highest level in nearly two years last month, the latest sign the battered housing market is slowly improving. The National Association of ...

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Foreclosures squeeze U.S. home prices, sales

WASHINGTON — Rising foreclosures are weighing on the U.S. housing market, reducing prices and keeping new-home sales weak. Foreclosed homes are usually sold at steep discounts, thereby lowering average prices. And by expanding the supply of low-priced previously occupied homes, ...

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Home prices dropped in November in most U.S. cities

WASHINGTON — U.S. home prices fell for a third straight month in nearly all cities tracked by a major index. The declines show that most homeowners are not reaping the benefits from some signs of an improving housing market. Prices ...

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Sales contracts for homes dip from 19-month high

WASHINGTON — The number of Americans who signed contracts to buy homes fell in December after hitting the highest level in a year and a half a month earlier. The National Association of Realtors said Wednesday its index of sales ...

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A poor year for home building ends on hopeful note

WASHINGTON  — Builders ended 2011 with a third straight year of dismal home construction and the worst on record for single-family home building. But improvement at the end of the year lifted hopes for an eventual recovery. In December, builders ...

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Contract signings for U.S. homes up in November

WASHINGTON — The number of Americans who signed contracts to buy homes in November rose to the highest level in a year and a half. The best reading on pending homes sales since a federal home-buying tax credit expired appeared ...

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