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Home sales in western Washington jumped 11.9 percent in February from the same month a year ago, as prices posted even larger gains, according to the latest figures from the Northwest Multiple Listing Service. Brokers reported 5,999 closed sales last month, up from 5,359 reported a year ago. The median price for those sales, which include single-family homes and condominiums, was $283,200 across the 17-county service area. That's up 13.3 percent compared to a year ago, with most counties reporting double-digit increases. For single-family homes only (excluding condominiums) the median price on last month's closed sales was $299,950, up 15.4 percent from year-ago figures. Eight counties had price increases of 22 percent or more compared to prices of single-family homes that sold 12 months...