By Diana Olick, CNBC Real Estate Reporter
NEW YORK ( CNBC) -- I've said it before, and I'll say it again: In housing, prices lag sales, on the way up and on the way down. Recently we've been getting a lot of bullish news on home sales, with both pending and existing home sales up toward the end of the year and expectations that December will continue that trend. So why are prices down? Financing and fear.
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