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Home Prices Rise in Some Metros, Buyers More Active in Other Areas

WASHINGTON, November 18, 2008 - Four out of five metropolitan areas recorded lower home prices in the third quarter from a year earlier, while existing-home sales fell in 32 states from the second quarter, according to the latest quarterly survey by the National Association of Realtors®. More...
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The Future for Home Prices

The title of this article is the same as one in today's Wall Street Journal (password required). The WSJ article raises questions about people's optimistic outlook on gaining wealth from their homes as being simply wishful thinking. Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist, National Association of Realtors, attempts in this corresponding article to lay out the same information - but in a different light. More... Read more

Curb Appeal Matters Now More Than Ever, Say Realtors®

WASHINGTON, December 02, 2008 - For the second year in a row, Realtors® report that exterior remodeling projects return the most money as a percentage of cost, as detailed in the 2008 Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report. More... Read more

Existing-Home Sales Soften on Economic Volatility

WASHINGTON, November 24, 2008 - Existing-home sales declined on the heels of a strong gain in September as uncertainty and economic concerns increased in October, according to the National Association of Realtors®. More... Read more

National housing indicators

Existing home sales ()

4.9 million units*

Existing home median price ()

$186,500

Housing Starts ()

771,000 units*

New home sales ()

433,000 units*

*Seasonally adjusted annual rate. Source: NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.

National economic indicators

Home ownership

3rd Qrt 08

67.9%

3rd Qrt 07

68.2%

New home sales

Sept 08

+2.7%

Aug 08

-12.6%

Source: U.S. CENSUS BUREAU

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Don't Rule Out a Condo

Are you ready to make the move from renter to owner but aren't sure you’re prepared for the maintenance and responsibilities that come with owning a home? Consider purchasing a condominium. In the past, people chose condominiums as a viable option to homeownership because of their affordability. While that may not hold true in every market today, there is another factor you might want to consider: lifestyle choice. More...
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