FILE - In this Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, file photo, a sale pending announcement sits atop a for sale sign in a home's yard in Richardson, Texas. The number of Americans who signed contracts to buy

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FILE - In this Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, file photo, a sale pending announcement sits atop a for sale sign in a home's yard in Richardson, Texas. The number of Americans who signed contracts to buy homes dropped sharply in September 2013 to the lowest level in nine months, reflecting higher mortgage rates and home prices that have made purchases more costly. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File) less 

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