Some Good Signs for the Real Estate Market?

Daily Real Estate News as published at Realtor.org | Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Sales ticked up for existing homes and new homes, several real estate market indicators revealed last week, pointing to a housing market that may finally be entering recovery mode.

In the most recent report, the Census Bureau reported that the new-home market continued its rebound, with sales of new houses once again inching up last month. New-home sales rose 1.6 percent from October to November to an annualized rate of 315,000, and sales were up nearly 10 percent compared to November 2010.

The median sales price of a new home in November was $214,100, the Census Bureau reported, and the inventory of new houses nationwide decreased to a six-month supply at the current sales pace.

“Inventories of new homes are very low: There’s nothing on the shelf, so any increase in new home sales will translate directly into new housing starts,” Bob Denk, senior economist at the National Association of Home Builders, told CNNMoney. “That means putting people back to work.”

Other recent good news for the housing market: November sales of existing homes increased 12 percent year-over-year, new-home building starts were up nearly 21 percent year-over-year, and mortgage rates reached new record lows last week, pushing housing affordability even higher.

Source: “New Home Sales Edge Up,” CNNMoney (Dec. 23, 2011)

Commentary from Bob Karp of Karp Properties LLC – We have definitely seen an increase in sales in the Sierra Vista, AZ area.  Homes in the mid price- range are beginning to sell more quickly.  It is too early to tell if the trend will continue, however with the low mortgage rates this might be the time to sell your home as demand seems to be picking up.  Contact our office to learn more about real estate market conditions in Sierra Vista and Hereford Arizona.