Limited inventory, low mortgage rates and an increase in demand from buyers continues to drive the pace of home sales.

The National Association of Realtors reports this week that purchases of existing homes rose to an annual pace of 4.92 million homes, 9% higher than January 2012.

The median home value was also up, with a 12.3% increase over last year, marking the biggest gain since the housing boom.

More on the good housing news at and CNNMoney.

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