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Business Headlines: Cheap Gym Memberships; Patriots Tickets

By Lisa van der Pool, Boston Business Journal
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(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

BOSTON (CBS) – It has certainly taken a while for the economy to get back in shape.

But now, the improving situation means people are starting to do the same.

As more Americans get back to work, it seems more are also getting back to working out.

The people at Curves in Watertown told me they’re seeing an uptick in people joining even for January.

Curves is down to 69 franchises in the state, from a high of almost 200 back in 2006.

But gone are the days of the $100-a-month membership.

Another chain, Healthworks, has seen success with its new chain, GymIt, which is just $19 a month.

AFC CHAMPIONSHIP TICKETS

The only place hotter than the gym right now is a seat at Gillette Stadium Sunday.

The average price of a ticket from several online re-sellers is $509, according to TiqIQ.

If you don’t care where you sit, we found the cheapest ticket available for a mere $201.

And if you make Gisele Bundchen money, a seat in the lower section close to the 50-yard line is going for $3,300 on eBay.

HOME SALES UP

And if you’re willing to sell your home to get to the big game, there’s good news.

Home sales creeped up again in Massachusetts last month.

According to the MLS Property Information Network, interest rates in the high 3’s and decade-low home prices are driving sales.

Single family home and condo sales continue to fall, down 5.2 percent compared to December of 2010.

Watch Lisa’s report:

Lisa van der Pool of the Boston Business Journal can be seen weekdays at 6 a.m. on WBZ-TV.

You can follow Lisa on Twitter at @lvanderpool.

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