PORTLAND, Ore. ( TheStreet) -- The leaves are dying and crisp breezes are blowing in, but real estate listings are getting some new life as the fall selling season heats up.Existing home sales are up more than 17% since last year, while the price of those homes has risen 13.5% over the same span, according to the National Association of Realtors. Meanwhile, the backlog of homes on the market has dwindled 5% from a more than six-month supply of 2.4 million in July 2012 to a 5.1-month supply of 2.28 million this summer. As a result, the percentage of "distressed" and foreclosed homes on the market dropped from 24% last year to 15% in July.
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