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July 26, 2011

INFO THAT HITS US WHERE WE LIVE…Last week included both problems and progress in the housing market. Getting the probs out of the way, June Existing Home Sales came in down 0.8% versus May, to an annual rate still below 5 million units, lifting the months’ supply to 9.5. But all the sales decline was from condos and coops, single-family sales staying the same. We appear to be bouncing along a bottom, as the median price of an existing home rose for the month and is now up 0.8% from last year. Average prices are up 2.7% versus a year ago.

But strong progress could be seen in the new homes market, as June Housing Starts were UP 14.6%, with gains occurring in all major regions. Multi-family starts, which are very volatile month-to-month, were up strongly, but so were single-family starts, UP 9.4% over May, while new building permits were UP 2.5% for June. Lastly, the Mortgage Bankers Association reported purchase loan demand was stronger than at the same time a year ago.
Courtesy of George Hagar at Prime Lending
Orange County, CA

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