Illinois residential sales posted solid growth in the third quarter, as total home sales grew 3.9 percent from a year ago, according to the latest report from the Illinois Association of Realtors. A total of 54,749 single-family homes and condominiums sold across the state in the third quarter of 2005, up from 52,682 sales in third-quarter 2004. Year-to-date home sales for the first nine months of the year totaled 142,207, up 3 percent from 138,077 in 2004. "After a slight breather in July, sales in August and September were especially robust compared to past years with Illinois Realtors logging record sales of both single-family homes and condos for those months. Strong demand remains for housing and any slight rise in interest rates over the period did little to concern motivated ...
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