Illinois home sales are making a major leap forward in a move which some believe is a signal the state's real estate market is coming back.  According to data released by the state's Association of Realtors yesterday sales of homes statewide surged by more than 25-percent over the previous year.  

Including single-family homes and condos Illinois home sales rose 25-point-five-percent compared with last July.  That tally is the single-best performance since 2007.  Meanwhile, the median price of homes in Illinois did fall somewhat, down one-point-seven-percent during July.

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