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N.H. home sales rise 21.2 percent in January; median sale price dips 2.7 percent

New Hampshire home sales rose 21.2 percent in January from a year earlier, but sale prices fell 2.7 percent year-over-year, according to the New Hampshire Association of Realtors.

There were 800 homes sold in the state last month, the group said yesterday, up from 660 in January 2012. Sales in Merrimack County were up 21.7 percent, to 84 from 69.

But statewide median sale price dropped 2.7 percent, from $198,000 in January 2012 to $192,750 last month. Sale prices were down 11.8 percent in Merrimack County, with a median price in January of $168,500, down from $191,000 in January 2012.

“As we said throughout the upturn in 2012, steady gains are part of a process, and while the news is certainly encouraging, we envision this as a slow, deliberate recovery,” said Bill Weidacher, the association’s president, in a statement.

Statewide home sales rose 20.9 percent in 2012 while sale prices were flat, with median sale price rising 0.1 percent for the year, according to the association.

(Ben Leubsdorf can be reached at 369-3307 or bleubsdorf@cmonitor.com)

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