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Realtors: N.H. home sales and prices continued to rise in July

New Hampshire home sales rose in July for the 20th straight month, while sale prices were up 10.6 percent compared with a year earlier, according to the New Hampshire Association of Realtors.

The group said yesterday that 1,637 homes were sold in the state last month, up 23 percent from the 1,331 sold in July 2012. The first seven months of 2013 saw 8,395 homes sold in the state, up 12.3 percent from the 7,478 sold over the same period in 2012.

Prices rose, too. The median price of a home sold in New Hampshire last month was $230,000, up from $207,900 in July 2012. Median sale prices are up 10 percent for the year to date compared with 2012, to $209,000, the group said.

In Merrimack County, 179 homes were sold in July, up 26.1 percent from the 142 sold in July 2012. The median sale price in the county was $210,000, up 20 percent from a year earlier, when it was $175,000.

“I read somewhere that it won’t be long before the ‘housing recovery’ is simply referred to as ‘housing,’ ” said Bill Weidacher, the association’s president, in a news release. “We no longer have to qualify the recovery as a hypothetical or as something that we’re forecasting or dreaming about. It’s here.”

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