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August 18, 2011

The Bounce Continues, As Well As The Tug of War

Hi Folks,

   Friday has arrived, and not a moment too soon !

   OK, on Wednesday, we discussed the jump in Building Permits, Housing Starts, and Housing Completions from July 2010 to July 2011. In our summary from that Blog Post, we said; "To gain a better assessment on that very important piece of the market, we will have to see what the National Association of Realtors (NAR) posts for their Existing Home Sales Index for July". Those numbers were just released, and "the trend is our friend", as the saying goes.

   Existing Home Sales are up "Strongly From a Year Ago", says the National Association of Realtors® (NAR), in their Press Release. By the Numbers, Existing Home Sales are 21% above July 2010. Regionally, the big winner was the Midwest, which was 31.3% above July 2010, but all Regions posted double-digit gains from July 2010.

   Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, made a very interesting comment as to the tug and pull (I call it Tug of War), that is holding back a full-blown recovery vs. and uneven recovery. Yun said that even though the "“Affordability conditions this year have been the most favorable on record dating back to 1970", the issue is that many buyers are being "held back because banks are offering financing to only the most highly qualified borrowers, ignoring a large share of otherwise creditworthy buyers,”. Ron Phipps, NAR President and broker-president of Phipps Realty in Warwick, R.I. says that an "unacceptably high number of potential home buyers" are unable to complete transactions, and that “For both mortgage credit and home appraisals, there’s been a parallel pendulum swing from very loose standards which led to the housing boom, to unnecessarily restrictive practices as an overreaction to the housing correction”. Thus, the "Tug of War".

   We found out this week that since July of last year, Permits, Starts, Completions, and sales of Existing Homes have all increased substantially. What's next? New Residential Sales for July will be released next week, and it will certainly be important to analyze these figures. What do you think? Is this good news?

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Have a Great Weekend, and Happy Rent-to-Owning !
Rob Eisenstein
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TAGS: #ExistingHomeSales #NAR #BuildingPermits #HousingStarts #HousingCompletions

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