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Future homebuyers look at a kitchen while visiting a home for sale in Helotes, Texas
Home sales have posted a small profit in September, but the pace is still lower than last year the affordability on the buyers weighs. Signed contracts for the purchase of existing homes rose 0.5 percent from August, but were 1 percent lower than September 2017, according to the National Association of Realtors. This is the ninth straight month of annual sales declines.