Sales of previously owned homes fell slightly in December from the previous month, an industry group said, but the national median home price rose the most in seven years.
Sales fell 1.0% from November and were up 12.8% from December 2011, the National Assn. of Realtors said.
In total, the group estimated that 4.65 million homes sold last year, up 9.2% from 2011. It was the highest level since 2007.