According to a recent article in the Prince William Pulse newspaper, after six months of declining home sales, sales increased in February. The National Association of Realtors said that sales of existing homes rose by 2.9% in February. This was the first sales increase since last July. The median price for single family homes was down 8.7% from a year ago. The chief economist for the National Association of Realtors, Lawrence Yun, stated that he is not expecting a notable gain in existing-home sales until the second half of this year.