New numbers suggest that the weakened real estate market is showing new signs of life.
Both the Warren Group and the Massachusetts Association of Realtors report single-family home sales increased in January compared to last year.
This is the first time in two years that sales have gone up.
The Warren Group reports a 5.1 percent rise in single family homes with 3,304 homes sold compared to 3,144 homes sold last January.
The Realtors are reporting a greater increase, with home sales going up 12.6 percent. That figure excludes data including auctions, foreclosures and sales-by-owner.
Both reports also find a decline in the median selling price for single-family homes last month.
This program aired on February 27, 2007. The audio for this program is not available.