Pending home sales climbed 2.0% to a reading of 97.0 in January after a revised 1.9% decrease to 95.1 in December, originally reported as a 3.5% decline to 96.6, according to a report released Monday by the National Association of Realtors.

The 97.0 reading is the highest since a 111.3 level in April 2010, when buyers rushed to take advantage of the home buyer tax credit.

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