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Analysis: Rising prices, harsh winter may dampen U.S. home sales in spring

Emily Hanson would like to buy a house, but she worries that she and her husband may have to move across the country to achieve their goal.In December, Emily, a 30-year-old student, and Nels Hanson, a 33-year-old software developer, began searching in Boston, where a shortage of homes for sale has driven up prices.With a budget of $450,000, they have yet to find anything that interests them. Emily, who is studying to be a physician's assistant, said they are considering a move to Portland, Oregon, where housing is more affordable and jobs in tech and healthcare are plentiful.The median sale price in the Boston area is $340,000, according to monthly updates on property values by Redfin, a national real estate brokerage. In Portland, it is $269,000."What's in our price range is not always updated or well taken care of - we mostly find fixer-uppers," Emily said. "It's basically a question of accepting a smaller home, or one that needs work, or do we uproot ourselves completely, which woul...

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