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    Housing recovery gathers momentum in Boston area

    The housing market continued its rebound as prices rose solidly in Boston and across the nation, according to S&P/Case Shiller Home Indices. The widely followed index, a widely followed measure of the housing market, showed November home prices in the Boston area climbing nearly 10 percent from a year earlier, and the average price in 20 major metropolitan areas jumping nearly 14 percent.

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    Home sales have been strong locally and nationally, driven by an improving economy, low mortgage rates, and pent-up demand. In Massachusetts, home sales through November were up more than 6 percent from a year earlier, according to Warren Group, a Boston real estate tracking firm.

    Globe Staff