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Real Estate Market Update

September 5, 2011

INFO THAT HITS US WHERE WE LIVE…Major progress has yet to be made in the housing recovery, but we can keep believing in it, since the data isn’t all negative. For example, Pending Homes Sales (contracts on existing homes) were down 1.3% in July, but were UP 2.4% in June, so Existing Home Sales should be up for August. In addition, July’s reading was UP 14.4% over last year. The National Association of Realtors chief economist said, “rising rents, record high affordability conditions and investors buying real estate as a future inflation hedge” bode well for real estate.

The latest Case-Shiller National Home Price Index reported home prices UP 3.6% in the second quarter compared to the first, though still down 5.9% from a year ago. This puts home prices at the level they were in early 2003. The 20-city composite index was UP 1.1% for June, but down 4.5% versus last year. Best of all, none of the 20 cities posted monthly declines in June and 19 out of 20 showed increases. Also, data aggregator and analytics firm CoreLogic reported home prices up in July for the fourth month in a row.

BUSINESS TIP OF THE WEEK…Be prepared to succeed when the chance presents itself. We can’t control when an opportunity will happen, but we can control how well we’re prepared for it.
Prime Lending

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