Builders: Don't forget Realtors brought you to the dance

Commentary: Realtors need inventory, builders need qualified prospects

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As the housing recovery picks up steam and new-home sales return to historical levels, will builders stop courting Realtors?

Sales of new single-family homes were up 28.9 percent from a year ago in January, to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 437,000, according to a recent U.S. Census Bureau report. That’s the best January since 2008, and there’s plenty more room to run — new-home sales exceeded 1 million a year during the last boom.