In this Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012 photo, a sign hangs in North Andover, Mass., where a house is under construction. Sales of new U.S. homes cooled off in
In this Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012 photo, a sign hangs in North Andover, Mass., where a house is under construction. Sales of new U.S. homes cooled off in December compared with November, but sales for the entire year were the best since 2009. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)