July was a star-spangled month for Twin Cities home sales. Buyers gobbled up more homes during July than in any one month in seven years. And with upper-bracket sales on the move, foreclosures on the decline and bidding wars aplenty, sale prices marched closer to pre-crash levels.

During July there were about 5,700 closings in the 13-county metro area, almost 19-percent higher than last year and the most since June 2006, according to a monthly report from the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors. The median price of those closings was almost $210,000, a nearly 17 percent increase compared with last year. And sales outpaced new listings, causing the number of active listings on the market to fall 12.5 percent to 15,758.

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