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By Eric Ginsburg and Jordan Green

MONITORING THE ECONOMIC PULSE OF THE TRIAD

Home sales jump in Guilford County

Guilford County home sales rose 24.2 percent in January 2013 compared with January 2012, the Greensboro Association of Regional Realtors reported on Monday. The association reported that 400 units were sold this January, which is also a small increase from the month prior. The amount of time properties are sitting on the market has also decreased comparatively with January 2012, dropping by 11.8 percent. The association celebrated the increase, as well as a small bump in average home prices.

Association president Nancy Radtke said now is a good time to sell.

“Homes that are priced right and in good shape are selling for close to their listing price,” Radtke said. “Prices are inching up gradually.” — EG

Goodwill opens professional center in Winston-Salem

Goodwill Professional Center opens in Winston-Salem on Wednesday. A project of Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina, the professional center offers guidance on networking, interviewing, salary negotiation, social media and image consulting to professionals who are seeking to make career transitions. Mayor Allen Joines is expected to join Goodwill executives at a ribbon-cutting for the professional center at 10:30 a.m. The center is located at 450 W. Hanes Mill Road. — JG

Community bookstore holds sale

Glenwood Coffee and Books in Greensboro hosts a book sale, with titles priced at $5 or less, in an attempt to bring in revenue to keep the community space open from Friday at 10 a.m. to Sunday, March 3 at 6 p.m. — JG

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