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US pending home sales rise in May

The National Association of Realtors said its Pending Home Sales index was up nearly 6 percent.

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Existing home sales rose 3.4 percent to an annual rate of 4.62 million units in April. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

An index of pending homes sales in the US posted its largest gain in more than six months in May, according to the latest data from the National Association of Realtors

The Realtors group said its pending home sales index was up nearly 6 percent and around a two-year high. 

Pending home sales haven't been this strong since April 2010 when buyers were rushing to collect home-buyer tax credits, MSNBC said

Pending home sales are now at what's considered a healthy level, the Associated Press said. The news agency said the Realtors' data suggests home sales will continue to increase over the summer as the housing recovery continues. 

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