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Byline: Shonda Novak
Jun. 22--In a refrain that has become familiar in recent months, home sales in Central Texas declined in May, but prices -- and the number of homes on the market -- continued to climb.
Sales of existing single-family homes in the Austin area fell 16 percent in May from the same month a year ago, new figures from the Austin Board of Realtors show. For the year, sales declined 8 percent from January through May compared with the same months last year.
The median home price in May was $155,200, up nearly 5 percent from May 2000's median price of $148,000. The median means half the homes sold for more than that amount and half sold …