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  • Housing Market Predictions Provide New Outlook for Homeowners

    2013 is more than halfway over, and the housing market is starting to show signs of strengthening. During the first half of the year, we saw rising home prices, tight home inventories and increased sales activity. New figures from the U.S. Department of Commerce state new home sales are up 38 percent since last year and hit a five-year high this June. According to several home pricing indexes, price appreciation h…

  • Why Are U.S. Homes Getting Bigger? Blame Repeat Buyers.

    The average size of the new American home grew in 2011. That’s not a typo. “But, wait,” you’re saying to yourself. “I thought we were all ‘going green.’ And economizing. And financially strapped.” Flying in the face of market conditions and a healthy push for environmentally friendly housing, the average newly constructed home in 2011 inched closer to the 2005 record for sheer mass. Recen…

  • Pace of Foreclosures Likely to Pick Up as Banks Wade Through Glut

    Foreclosures rose in January 2012, a sign that banks are beginning to unclog the foreclosure pipeline. According to RealtyTrac Inc., January foreclosure repossessions rose 8 percent from the previous month, and total foreclosure filings were up 3 percent from December. The "robo-signing" impact The January increase comes after months of foreclosure filing stagnation. Many lenders put a temporary hold on fo…

  • Only the Good News for the Housing Market

    This is not another article about foreclosures, tight credit, or the housing market crisis. Nope - this is a recap of all the good news surrounding the housing market. From increasing sales to shrinking unemployment rates, the real estate industry has lots of reasons to smile. Take a moment to relish in these positive findings from the National Association of Realtors (NAR). Existing home sales increase …

  • Top 11 Findings from the 2011 NAR Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers

    The 2011 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers was recently released by the National Association of Realtors (NAR). Let’s cut down the monstrous report into the 11 most interesting findings. 1.  Median sales prices are up. Median sales prices increased from $179,000 in the 2010 report to $190,000. The increase comes after two years of steadily declining prices, raising hopes of a 2012 market rebound. 2.  F…