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National Real Estate Market Update
December Existing-Home Sales Show Uptrend
Washington, DC, January 20, 2012 - Existing-home sales continued on an uptrend in December, rising for three consecutive months and remaining above a year ago, according to the National Association of Realtors®. More...
Pending Home Sales Rise Again in November, Highest in a Year-and-a-Half
Washington, DC, December 29, 2011 - Pending home sales continued to gain in November and reached the highest level in 19 months...The last time the index was higher was in April 2010 when it reached 111.5 as buyers rushed to beat the deadline for the home buyer tax credit. The data reflects contracts but not closings. More...
National Real Estate Market Articles
December 2011 Existing Home Statistics
Source: NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.
View Prices / % Changes for 159 Cities & Metropolitan Areas
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Consumer Tips & Cool Properties
2011 Energy Tax Credits: What You Need to Know to Collect
They’re not as much as they used to be, but there are still energy tax credits to be had for upgrades made in 2011. More...
8 Small Space Solutions for Shared Kids' Rooms
If your brood is growing but your house isn’t, try these 8 ideas for shared kids’ rooms that will give your wild bunch space for storage, sleeping, and playing. More...
Top 3 Most Common Home Defects to Check For
Top three home defects that every buyer and seller should check for before making an offer, or putting a home on the market. More...
Home Security Cameras: Peace of Mind While You’re Away
Easy-to-install security cameras let you keep an eye on your home from afar, ensuring safety and security for you and your family. More...
Winter Gardening: Plants that Provide Beauty All Year Round
Just because your garden is dormant for the winter doesn’t mean you should snooze, too. Experienced gardeners do their dreaming — and planning — when the snow flies. So while you’re thinking of blossoms and butterflies, be sure to add trees and shrubs that look great even in snow. More...
Existing Home Sales (December) 4.61 million units*
Existing Home Median Price (December) $164,500
Housing Starts (December) 657,000 units*
New Home Sales (December) 307,000 units*
*seasonally adjusted annual rate SourceNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.
3rd Qtr 11
2nd Qtr 11
The homeownership rate in the third quarter 2011 (66.3 percent) was lower than the third quarter 2010 rate (66.9 percent). The homeownership rates in the Midwest and South were lower than their corresponding third quarter 2010 rates.
New Home Sales
Sales of new single-family houses in November 2011 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 315,000. This is 1.6 percent (+/- 12.2%)* above the revised October 2011 estimate of 310,000.
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