United States Existing Home Sales Show Continued Improvement


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My sources in Washington, DC have finished their number crunching on fourth quarter U.S. existing-home sales. The data out of the National Association of Realtors shows favorable results. Fourty-eight states plus  D.C.  had sales  increases from the third through the fourth quarter of 2009. Thirty-two of these states saw double-digit gains. Furthermore, the District of Colombia and 49 states had higher year-over-year sales. In year-over-year sales, only three states among the 49 lack double digit annual gains.  More analysis of 4th quarter information reveals almost one third of the quarter’s sales was in financially-distressed property. The influence of these discounted properties may be a major contribution to the 4.1% decrease in the national median price of an existing single family home. However, this decline was the smallest price decrease for homes in over 2 years. The current national median price on an existing home in the U.S. stands at $172,900.

NAR’s Chief economist, Lawrence Yun feels that home buyer stimulus from the tax credit is fueling the improving conditions. Another factor bringing buyers into the housing market is the record low mortgage interest rates. The influx of home buyers is lowering the inventory of property for sale. In turn, this assists in stabilizing home prices. The rapid turnover on foreclosures and deep-discounted real estate also helps in price stabilization, by removing their low price influence from the market. In addition, today’s home buyer appears more savy, after the recent challenges in real estate. Tighter qualifications are keeping buyers within their budgets, and buyers are avoiding adjustable-rate mortgages. The low rates on long term mortgages currently available,  should help in real estate’s recovery. Chief economist Yun and NAR President Vicki Cox Golder expect good results especially for the near-term, as buyers take advantage of the tax credit.

If you are considering the purchase or sale of real estate in the Tennessee Great Smoky Mountains, contact the Jason White Team immediately, to maximize the current market conditions. There is ample inventory for a great selection of property. The tax credit for new or repeat buyers will expire soon. Homes must be under contract by April 30, 2010 and finalized by June 30, 2010,  to be available for the tax incentive. Real estate prices especially on residential property seems to be stabilizing. This could be an opportunity to buy before prices climb. On a similar note, long-term fixed mortgage interest rates are low, and most predictions call for increases as 2010 rolls along. The year 2010 is starting out stronger and if real estate is on your agenda, contact us today, to begin fulfilling your property dream.

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