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…There were 307 sales in the current quarter, 43.3% below the 541 sales in the prior year quarter but, 52.7% higher than the 201 sales in the prior quarter. The gain in the number of sales from the prior quarter was higher than seasonal norms, reflecting a release in pent-up demand from more limited sales activity at the end of 2008. Over the same period, the number of properties listed for sale continued to rise. Listing inventory totalled 2,286 properties, 23.6% higher than the 1,849 properties listed during the second quarter of 2008. The expansion of inventory was to be expected due to the decline in the number of sales. As a result of the rise in listing inventory and the decline in the number of sales, the monthly absorption rate—the number of months to sell all existing inventory at the current pace of sales—was 22.3 months, more than double the 10.3 month absorption rate average of the prior year quarter…
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