U.S. Home Sales in February Show Mixed Results

In an earlier blog, I mentioned how late winter and early spring home sales are driven as much by weather as they are by economic conditions.  This theme is repeated as we examine final tallies in February Existing-Home Sales.   My source for this material comes out of the National Association of Realtors, in Washington, D.C.  The March 23rd news flash reports that overall existing-home sales declined slightly in February 2010.  The only regions of small gains were in the Northeast and Midwest.  Existing-home sales include; single family homes, townhouses, co-ops, and condominiums.  February’s figures slipped less than 1% off January’s 5.05 million figure.  The good news is that February 2010 is 7.0% higher than February 2009.  Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist, feels that winter storms were the contributing factor for the lower sales.  People are unable to view property and close deals when forces of nature make travel, next to impossible.  Yun feels the market is currently still in recovery and could be fragile.  The chief economist expects that a wave of buyers will jump into the market to beat the April 30th deadline for the homebuyer tax credit.  This activity should drop home inventory levels enough, to stabilize home prices.

The article went on to review other data, but there was also good advice from Vicki Cox Golder, NAR President that could apply to some of my blog readers.  NAR’s President stressed that the April 30th, 2010 deadline is rapidly approaching for the end of tax credit.  With up to $8,000 at stake for qualifying buyers, there is no time to waste.  For most home buyers, the process from looking at homes to inking their signature on a contract takes several months.  This process can naturally be reduced in time duration if various pre-work is out of the way.  First, determine your maximum price limits.  Meet with your financial people and become pre-approved if a mortgage is needed.  Second, determine what type of property you need and what will best serve you some years from now.   Third, determine where in an area you need to be.  Do you require being close to a city’s ammenities or do you prefer to be out in nature away from it all?  Taking the time to sort out these details and requirements saves tons of time for you, and people you rely upon in your property acquisition process. 

Here, at the Jason White Team, we gear our website to assist you in this property decision process.  We make the East Tennessee real estate market only a series of keystrokes away.  We also simplify the refinement process by allowing you to set up a filter of your own parameters.  This only lets in properties that meet your specifications.  Contact us online or by phone (877) 678-2121 to get things started today!

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