Tucson Real Estate Market

May 5, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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The Tucson real estate market is showing continued strength with the exception of a few indicators, a welcome departure from the harder-hit Phoenix market.  According to an April 6, 2010 article in U.S. News and World Report, “Robust activity in the Tucson housing market may portend an end to the housing crisis there, even though home prices are still bumping along at low levels. Sales are rising as home buyers take advantage of big inventory, sellers willing to deal and the federal home buyer tax credit, says Bob Herd, president of the Tucson Association of Realtors.” The piece, composed by Christine Dugas, continued to note that “In Tucson, home sales were up 6.6% in February compared with the same month in 2009. ‘The first-time home buyer market is very robust, even with multiple offers in some cases,’ Herd says. ‘And the move-up market is starting to show small signs of life.’”

The same article in USA Today tracked other positive news for Tucson home sales, such as a higher median sales price. The article, written by Christine Dugas, found that “In February, Tucson’s median sales price was 15.5% lower than in February 2009. That was largely driven by a surge in sales at the low end of the market because of the tax credit, Herd says. Arizona still has the nation’s second-highest foreclosure rate. But among major metro areas, Tucson ranks 41st, which is much lower than Phoenix, at No. 8, according to RealtyTrac.” The article continued to note that “Foreclosure has made some popular areas more affordable, including Dunbar spring, which is a small, historic neighborhood near downtown.”

More mixed news for Tucson real estate was reported by an April 12, 2010 article in the Arizona Daily Star. This article noted that “Tucson home sales were up in March from the previous year. But the median price of homes sold – while higher than February’s – was down from March of last year. In Tucson’s housing market, 1,169 homes sold this March, with a median price of $157,680, says the latest monthly report by the Tucson Association of Realtors Multiple Listing Service.”

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Columbus Real Estate

January 4, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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The state’s capital, Columbus, Ohio, has seen effects on its housing market similar to those in other Midwestern cities. Though the market for real estate in Columbus was not hit as hard as areas on the coast, particularly in the West or the Gulf, residents have seen their home values decline, and many have been forced into foreclosure by the tough economic times. But lately the market shows signs for optimism.

According to the Columbus Dispatch, home sales in October were up by 25.6% from the same period in the previous year, with 2.021 sales, the highest number since October 2006, when the market was in full boom. Most of this increased activity in the Columbus real estate market can be attributed to buyers looking to take advantage of the government stimulus program offering tax rebates of up to $8,000 for qualified first-time home buyers, which has since been extended to a broader swatch of buyers.

The supply of homes for sale in Columbus has also fallen, down 30% from last year as the inventory is snatched up by buyers looking for a bargain. The market in late November stood with a 6.9-month supply of inventory, considered a balanced level, compared with 9.8 months in 2008.  and

Prices, however, have yet to recover. The average sales price was $160,000, down from nearly $164,000 in 2008, a decrease of 2.3%. Year to date, the average sales price is down 2.6% from 2008’s figures, at $164,268 from $172,063. The average price remained virtually unchanged from September, however, showing the market is at least stabilizing in price.

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New Haven Real Estate Update

December 30, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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The suburban area of New Haven, Connecticut, like many of its neighboring and nearby cities on the East Coast, has seen its share of ill effects from the U.S. financial crisis, which triggered a collapse in the U.S. residential real estate market. As a result, New Haven real estate has seen a decline in its value, a rise in troubled mortgage-holders and a buildup of inventory.

Despite tough market conditions, the market for real estate in New Haven does seem to be on the brink of turning the page into a brighter, if not at pre-crash levels, future. According to local realtor Donna Bigda, at the end of October 2009, there were 178 homes for sale in New Haven, ranging from just $29,900 all the way up to $1 million.

October’s real estate statistics show slow improvement in the market. The month saw 34 sales, an increase of 16 from October 2008’s figures, up by around 50%. Prices of homes on the market in New Haven remained mostly steady. In October of last year, the average sales price for a sold home was $174,050; this year in October, the figure rose slightly to $174,534.

However, homes are now spending more time on the market before selling as compared with last year. In October 2009, the homes sold did so after an average 108 days on the market. Last year’s average was just 68 days. It is estimated that the market had about a six-month supply in 2009’s third quarter.

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Indianapolis real estate update

December 15, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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Indianapolis real estate is still hurting, according to number recently released in an article by Lisa Bernard-Kuhn of the Cincinnati Enquirer on November 10, 2009.  In a report of several markets in the Midwestern United States, the article claims that Indianapolis saw an increase in median home price of two percent, rising to $120,200.  This median price is much lower than that of the surrounding region, though.  The median existing single-family home price in the Midwest was down 5.5% to $150,200 in the third quarter from the same period in 2008.

However, “distressed sales – foreclosures and short sales – accounted for 30 percent of transactions in the third quarter, which continued to weigh down median home prices because they sell at a discount relative to traditional homes.”  Many experts believe “that foreclosures will continue to come on the market, but rising sales from the expanded home buyer’s tax credit should stabilize home prices by next spring.”  This comes as good news for people hopeful to sell their properties and real estate in Indianapolis within the next year or so.

RTV6 reported on November 10, 2009 that home sales surged in October over 20 percent and were expected to continue to rise.  Indianapolis homes for sale have seen similar results and have been fortunate enough to experience some of the same good news.  The report said that “increased demand and less inventory brought more consumer confidence to the market.”  In fact, “home sales are also expected to get a boost from the renewal of the federal first-time home buyer’s tax credit, extended through April of 2010.”  On the whole new home sales have faired pretty well in Indianapolis.  Unlike in the west and south where new home sales have dropped off to almost nothing, Indianapolis and the rest of Indiana has only seen numbers drop between six and thirteen percent, according to the Tristate News on October 29, 2009.

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San Bruno real estate

December 2, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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Real estate in San Bruno has recovered from a slight dip in home property valuation that occurred between December 2008 and June 2009.  During that time, the market value average of homes in the area dropped from over $560,000 to about $540,000.  According to the most recent Yahoo! Real Estate update on November 16, 2009, the 1-year market value change now shows no change, with the value increasing to about $560,000.  The price for foreclosed homes has remained remarkably high and currently sits on a median price of $509,790, just $40,000 lower than the median price of all other homes on the local market.

San Bruno real estate is expected to see a significant rise in home purchase closures following the United States government’s decision to extend and expand the first-time homebuyer’s federal income tax credit.  According to Eve Mitchell’s report in the Oakland Tribune on November 16, 2009, “The law extends until June 30, 2010, the deadline for closing escrow for first-time homebuyers to receive a credit worth up to $8,000. The credit was set to expire Nov. 30. It also adds a credit worth up to $6,500 for taxpayers who buy a replacement primary home provided they have lived in their existing home for at least five of the past eight years. Qualifying income limits were raised substantially for both groups of buyers for homes purchased Nov. 7 or later.”

However, San Bruno homes for sale aren’t completely out of the woods yet.  In fact, J. W. Elphinstone of the Associated Press and Oakland Tribune wrote on November 15, 2009, that buyers are still very cautious in home buying decisions, according to recent survey results.  The uncertainty of the market is still quite visible for all people, the article says.  “Home prices rebounded this summer at an annualized pace of almost 7 percent, according to the Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller home price index. But with high unemployment and foreclosures clouding the picture, economists debate whether prices will dip again.”  More shockingly, “Forty-five percent of Americans worry that they or someone they know will face foreclosure in the next year. And almost 30 percent of those with a mortgage have contacted their lender in the past year to reduce their payments.”  Real estate in San Bruno also suffers from an uncertain surrounding community.  With the national unemployment rate topping 10 percent and the local San Bruno numbers matching these staggering figures, it’s no wonder why the market will continue to struggle, although it will begin to ease as the pains of the global recession begin to lessen.  Experts predict that with increasing job placement in San Bruno thanks to local college recruitment events and job fairs open to the community, there will be a larger number of capable home buyers who will help to re-stimulate the neighborhood housing market.

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Raleigh real estate update 2009

December 2, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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Unlike several other cities and areas of similar size, Raleigh homes for sale continue to remain steady.  From the previous month, the price change of both homes for sale and foreclosures was zero percent, maintaining value at $225,000 and $132,900, respectively, according to Yahoo! Real Estate on November 16, 2009.  Interestingly, one-year market value change forecasts show a relatively stead home valuation at around $187,000 whereas many other housing markets have been subjected to erratic pricing or sometimes significant drops in property value.

For the time being, it appears that the majority of Raleigh real estate will be protected by recently-introduced legislation by North Carolina officials to keep struggling families in their homes.  The Associated Press reported on November 4, 2009 that the North Carolina Office of the Commissioner of Banks would “would halt foreclosures once homeowners request a loan modification. Now, lenders simultaneously pursue foreclosure while working with homeowners seeking to modify loan terms.”  Another reprieve for real estate in Raleigh is pending legislation that would “require the mortgage servicer to respond promptly to homeowners when they ask for assistance.”

According to the Winston-Salem Journal’s staff, a report filed on November 12, 2009, stated that foreclosure filings for October were up from the 2008 but down from the previous month.  Unfortunately, the Raleigh-Cary metropolitan statistical area’s number of foreclosed properties jumped 34.9 percent although this was reported to be a unique and isolated month of filings.  According to the displayed statistics, foreclosures in the area jumped to 537.  However, this isn’t all bad news.  Despite the jump in number of foreclosures, the Raleigh median price for foreclosed properties experienced no change, showing positive change in the local real estate market.

More importantly, the federal government’s decision to extend the tax credit for a longer period and to more people has brought hope to thousands of people looking to sell their homes in the Raleigh area.  David Bracken of the News Observe wrote on November 6, 2009 that “the number of people eligible for the new credit is large, and real estate agents hope it will increase sales of houses that are priced beyond the reach of most first-time buyers.”  The article also mentions that a large number of people are looking to sell urban homes in Raleigh so that they can purchase homes in cheaper areas of North Carolina and other nearby states.

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