Aided by seasonal staging, sales in retirement communities often spike at the end of the year.
Loan demand ticked up last week, rebounding after last week's big holiday slump.
Banks should do more to improve their service of the government's antiforeclosure program and to use federal funds more effectively in helping struggling home owners, says the Obama administration.
The Obama administration's Housing Scorecard for November shows an improving housing market, with home prices remaining strong and foreclosures falling. But the administration says the recovery remains "fragile."