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Home sales climb 1.7 percent in August

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(Read caption) This chart shows national existing single family home sales since 2005. Existing home sales were up 1.7 percent in August.

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Today, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) released their Existing Home Sales Report for August showing a  increase in sales with total home sales climbing 1.7% since July rising 13.2% above the level seen in August 2012. 

Single family home sales also improved climbing 1.7% from July and rising 12.8% above the level seen in August 2012 while the median selling price increased a notable 14.4% above the level seen a year earlier. 

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Inventory of single family homes increased from July to 2.01 million units but still remained 5.6% below the level seen in August 2012 which, along with the sales pace, resulted in a monthly supply of 5.0 months.