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A Brighter Forecast for Housing in 2011

The National Association of Realtors’ chief economist Lawrence Yun says the housing market has regained stability and expects further gains in 2011. Pointing to positive trends in the overall economy, as well as housing prices, sales, and affordability, Yun predicted existing-home sales will reach 5.5 million units next year, home prices will rise 1.0 percent, ... MORE

First-Time Buyers Half Of All Home Sales

From July 2009 to June 2010, first-time buyers accounted for 50 percent of all home sales, up from 47 percent in 2009. The 2010 National Association of Realtors Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers shows a record number of entry-level buyers, largely due to the success of the home buyer tax credit. The survey also ... MORE

Pending Home Sales Slip In September

The National Association of Realtors’ Pending Home Sales Index dipped 1.8 percent based on signed contracts in September. The drop follows two month of gains and puts the index 24.9 percent below last year’s levels, when first-time buyers were rushing to take advantage of the tax credit before its initial deadline last November. Lawrence Yun, ... MORE

The Foreclosure Market Forecast

[youtube http://youtube.com/w/?v=SQgqAeMfto4] Rick Sharga, senior vice president of RealtyTrac, says uncertainty in the foreclosure market will lead to slower sales this quarter, followed by an accelerated rate of activity in the first quarter of 2011. MORE

ZipRealty Ranks The Nation’s Hottest ZIP Codes

ZipRealty’s 3rd Quarter Home Hunter Report tracked data from 5,400 cities within 33 markets to identify which ZIP codes had an average sale price most above the average list price and most below the average list price. According to the report, homes in the hottest ZIP codes were selling about 5 percent above asking price. ... MORE

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