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Even as home prices, sales rise, Wasatch Front listings at 15-year low

Uncertainties keeping would-be sellers on the sideline

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The number of homes along the Wasatch Front listed for sale was at a 15-year low at the end of 2012, even as prices rose steadily through most of the year and sales gained ground.

The scarcity of homes on the market underlines the severity of the housing market’s collapse in Weber, Davis, Salt Lake and Utah counties, as well as many Utahns’ uncertainty about the pace of the recovery, real estate experts say.

Listings peaked in the fourth quarter of 2007 at 14,683 homes, according to the Salt Lake Board of Realtors, which cited figures compiled by the Wasatch Front Regional Multiple Listing Service. By the end of last year, that number, which includes foreclosures and short sales, had been cut to 7,229 — the lowest count since the fourth quarter of 1997, when 5,767 homes were on the market.

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