Turkey: Nearly 73,000 houses sold in January

             By Muhammed Ali Gurtas</p>    <p>ANKARA (AA) - Turkey saw 72,937house sales in January with a 24.8-percent annual fall, the country's statistical office announced Monday.</p>    <p>TurkStat said 31,048 newly-built houses were sold while the rest were second-hand sales last month.</p>    <p>&quot;Istanbul had the highest share of house sales with 18.4 percent and 13,455 sold house,&quot; the institute said.</p>    <p>The capital Ankara and the Aegean province of Izmir followed Istanbul with 6,785 and 3,795 house sales, respectively.</p>    <p>Official figures showed that mortgaged house sales across the country was 6,537, going down 77.2 percent on a yearly basis. </p>  <p>TurkStat noted that sales with mortgage had a 9 percent share of all house sales in January.</p>    <p>Last year, over 1.37 million property sales were recorded in Turkey, while around 650,000 of them were newly-built houses.