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Inventory, prices post gains as spring buying season gets underway

Realtor.com: Listings down 15.2 percent from a year ago in March

Listing inventory and median list prices posted gains from February to March, with inventory rising 2.4 percent and prices 0.5 percent, according to the latest numbers from realtor.com. As the spring buying season got underway, the median age of inventory on realtor.com in March shrank to 78 days, down 20.4 percent from February and 12.3 percent from a year ago. The number of single-family homes, condos, townhomes and co-ops listed for sale on realtor.com was down 15.2 percent in March from a year ago, to 1.53 million. Median list prices on the site were up 0.5 percent from a year ago, to $190,000 -- about where they stood in August last year. Data point Percent change, March 2012 to March 2013 March 2013 value Number of listings -15.22% 1.53 million Median age of inventory (days) -12.35% 78 Median list price +0.05% $190,000 Source: realtor.com Of the 146 metro areas realtor.com tracks, only nine saw annual increases in for-sale inventory d...