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Existing-home sales hit lowest level on record

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The projected annual rate of sales for resale homes fell 23.4 percent in January compared to the same month last year, and the median price was down 4.6 percent, the National Association of Realtors reported today. The sales rate -- a projection of a monthly total over a 12-month period, adjusted to account for seasonal fluctuations in sales activity -- hit its lowest level since the association began tracking combined sales of previously owned condos and single-family homes in 1999. In January, the sales rate for single-family resale homes was 4.34 million, up from 4.32 million in December but 22.4 percent below the January 2007 rate. The December 2007 sales rate single-family resale homes was the lowest since 4.18 million in January 1998. The combined sales rate for condo and single-family resale homes dropped for the sixth consecutive month in January. The for-sale inventory of resale homes climbed to a supply of 10.3 months in January, which suggests it would take that l...