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California July Home Sales Increased 12%, Median Home Price Declined 19.6%

Home sales increased 12% in July 2009 in California compared with the same period a year ago, while the median price of an existing home declined 19.6%, the California Association of Realtors® recently reported.

“The federal tax credit for first-time buyers played a critical role in the purchase decision of many buyers,” said C.A.R. President James Liptak. “Nearly 40 percent of first-time buyers said they would not have purchased a home if the tax credit was not offered. “Because the tax credit has helped so many first-time buyers become homeowners, it is critical that Congress extends the credit beyond the Dec. 1 deadline, and includes all buyers, not just first-timers.”

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