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Big fourth-quarter gain in home prices in Boston and elsewhere

The National Association of Realtors reports impressive four-quarter media single-family price increases last quarter.

In Greater Boston, single-family prices increased by about 1.4 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to a slight decrease in the third quarter. Nationally, prices were up a whopping 10 percent.

In all, 133 of 152 metropolitan markets saw price increases last quarter, or 88 percent of cities survey.