The strong real estate market continued to improve this winter, according to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.'s quarterly survey of the market.

Released Wednesday, the FDIC's survey showed that the national composite index hit 72, up from 71 in October and 68 a year ago. (Scores above 50 show government examiners and liquidators said a market was improving. The higher the score, the more respondents agreed that conditions were improving.)

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