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June 21, 2011

Realtors And Existing Homes...What It All Means

Hi Everyone,

   I might be shot on the spot for this, but perhaps I won't be...when we think of Realtors, we often think of the Realtors that sell Existing homes...in other words...ones that are already built and are not new construction. If we go with that thought, seeing the clout that Realtors have in the Housing market, we realize how important an indicator the "Existing Homes Sales" figures are (released by the National Association of Realtors®, or "NAR").

   The figures for May were just released, and sales dropped 3.8% from April, but 15.3% from a year ago (when the tax credit deadline was approaching). The figures are the "completed transactions that include single-family, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops", per the NAR.

   "There is still lots of pain in many US markets. Foreclosures and short sales, declining prices and tougher lending standards are prohibiting new buyers from getting in the market", says Barak Dunayer, founder of Barak Realty in New York City. He points to some bright spots, such as properties priced below $100,000, along with some "deeply discounted properties" scooped up by investors. He does offer some hope in his local market, and says that in some areas, as in the case of NY City, "the sales of certain properties in specific submarkets have been robust and even back to 2006-2007 levels.", and reminds us of a very valuable lesson: "As real estate is a local market NOT a national market, one must look closely at local market conditions prior to making sound buying and selling decisions."

   This is some sound advice. On Wednesday, the FHFA Monthly House Price Index will be released, followed by the New Residential Sales figures for May on Thursday. What do you think will be the result of those two releases? We'd love to hear your opinion.

Have a Great Week, and Happy Rent-to-Owning !
Rob Eisenstein
HomeRun Homes Blog http://blogging.lease2buy.com
HomeRun Homes Website http://www.lease2buy.com

TAGS: #Realtor #housingmarket #existinghomes

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