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ARLINGTON, Va. — NAFCU Chief Economist Tun Wai said that increasing new home sales in the western part of the country could mean the housing slump is turning the corner.

The figures for new home sales were higher than expected at an increase of 2.8%, but still slower than last year, Wai said. “The housing sector remains sluggish but there were gains in July for new homes sales in the western part of the country–there was an up tick of about 22.4%,” he commented. “And the median new homes’ sales prices are stabilizing. These are early signs that the housing slump may be near the end and, despite the turmoil of the financial markets, as the economy regains momentum the housing market should improve.”

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