The Des Moines housing market had 557 closed sales in January, the highest number of January sales since 2008, according to the Des Moines Area Association of Realtors.

The association's monthly report shows that 769 contracts were written in January, up by 105 over January 2012. There were 3,806 active listings, down by more than 500 from the same period a year ago.

Contracts closed were down from 662 in December, but contracts written were up from 569.