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2011 sales numbers spur optimism about this year's Twin Cities housing market

The number of homes sold in the Twin Cities area reached a five-year high and was up eight percent from 2010. Half of those were foreclosures or short sales. But Realtors say those properties are "working their way through the system."
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The number of homes sold in the Twin Cities area reached a five-year high and was up eight percent from 2010. Half of those were foreclosures or short sales. But Realtors say those properties are "working their way through the system."

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