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Mass. home sales down slightly again in December

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 29, 2014 at 10:50 am •  Published: January 29, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Sales of single-family homes in Massachusetts fell slightly in December compared with the same month the year before, the second consecutive year-over-year sales decrease, two groups that track the market announced Wednesday.

Median prices, however, continued to rise.

The Massachusetts Association of Realtors and The Warren Group said the number of sales were down less than 1 percent when compared with December 2012, a more modest drop than in November.

The sales drop of less than one-quarter of 1 percent did not faze the Waltham-based Relators group.

"After a slight blip in November, buyers were able to help sales get back on track in December," President Peter Ruffini said. "While 2013 will be remembered for a lack of homes for sale, price increases have improved overall home equity, which should help push sellers into the market in 2014."

The Warren Group CEO Timothy Warren Jr. said low inventory combined with rising interest rates at the end of the year slowed the market.

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