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Realtors blame winter for drop in St. Joseph County home sales

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Our brutal winter seems to have kept home-buyers at home.

The numbers for St. Joseph County from January of 2014 are out, and they're down compared to the same month last year. We're talking about 37% fewer listings and a 18% decline in sales compared to January 2013.

"The positive side is that prices are starting to inch up as a result of lack of inventory," says Greater South Bend Mishawaka Association of Realtors President Laurie Ladow. "So for those sellers out there looking and thinking about selling, it may be a good time for them to consider because they're not going to have much competition."

Local realtors say they expected the January decline because the weather was so bad, but they're also expecting February numbers to be pretty low too. Nevertheless, they say March should be a great month because of pent-up demand.

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