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Market News 2013: Another Good Year for Housing Well, the time has come again to polish up the old crystal ball, gaze into it, and see what's in store for the housing market in 2013.
Market News How new finance legislation affects home owners, buyers and sellers Many home owners, buyers, and sellers have been carefully watching the new federal finance package passed on January 1, 2013 by both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate. This is because it included automatic tax increases as well as federal spending cuts that involve real estate programs.
Market News Gardner Report, Oregon & Southwest Washington | third quarter 2012, Volume X IX In the third quarter of 2012, the region sold 11,091 units of resale housing with the year-to-date figure of 30,485 units. The year-to-date figure was 13% higher than that seen in the same period of 2011, but sales slowed by 6% from Q2—likely a function of limited inventory for sale, a common theme across the whole of the United States.
Market News Gardner Report, Western Washington | third quarter 2012, Volume X IX Windermere Real Estate is proud to partner with Gardner Economics on this analysis of the Western Washington real estate market. This report is designed to offer insight into the realities of the housing market. Our goal is to provide an explanation of what the statistics mean and how they impact the Western Washington housing economy.
Market News How the Job Market Impacts Your Home Buying Decision The decision to buy a home rests on many factors. In addition to the obvious ones – the ability to qualify for a loan, finding a home that you want to buy, seeing a housing market that is either stable or starting to appreciate – we need confidence in the economy and, specifically, the job market
Market News The Gardner Report: Second Quarter, Volume XVIII (Oregon & Southwest Washington) When we compare sales velocities over the previous quarter, all but one county exhibited improvement, suggesting that the spring market did arrive; it was just a little late! The only market where sales slowed was in Skamania County and the drop was marginal.
Market News The Gardner Report: Second Quarter, Volume XVIII (Western Washington) Windermere Real Estate is proud to partner with Gardner Economics on this analysis of the Western Washington real estate market. This report is designed to offer insight into the...
Market News Too Early To Call Bottom, But Things Are Looking Up Right now, the talk around Seattle, where I live and work, is all about the long-awaited rise in home prices. On a local, as well as national, basis there is clear evidence of...
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Market News Markets in Recovery I have to say, as I pore over the streams of real estate related data that I receive every day, the world appears to be in a better position now than I have seen in several years. Certainly,...
Market News The Gardner Report: First Quarter, Volume XVII (Oregon & Southwest Washington) Windermere Real Estate is proud to partner with Gardner Economics on this analysis of the Oregon and Southwest Washington real estate market. This report is designed to offer insight...
Market News The Gardner Report: First Quarter, Volume XVII (Western Washington) Windermere Real Estate is proud to partner with Gardner Economics on this analysis of the Western Washington real estate market. This report is designed to offer insight into the...
Market News Real Estate Investors May Be Indicator Of Recovery I have often found that following a prolonged decline, residential real estate investors tend to re-enter the housing market ahead of buyers who are looking for a home for their own use. This is because investors are generally less concerned with timing the bottom of a market perfectly and more focused on the longer term financial benefits.
Market News The Gardner Report (Fourth Quarter 2011, VOLUME X V I) Windermere Real Estate is proud to partner with Gardner Economics on this analysis of the Western Washington real estate market. This report is designed to offer insight into the realities of the housing market.
Buying An Optimistic Outlook: 2012 Market Insights The real estate data that I have reviewed suggests some markets are likely to exhibit positive price growth in 2012. Markets that are seeing sustained employment growth and price stability in the second half of last year are the ones most likely to see some very modest price growth this year.
Market News Federal Housing Agency Announces Changes to Mortgage Refinancing Program Yesterday the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac announced several changes to the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP).
Buying Then and Now, Comparing Home Ownership Costs In recent years, real estate has become something of a polarizing topic; there are those who argue that it’s still a worthy long-term investment with tangible benefits; and others who don’t see the value of owning a home, financial or otherwise.
Market News Whatever you may think of the Case-Shiller Index, it is worth watching Personally, I am not a fan of the U.S. housing index that was created by Karl Case and Bob Shiller back in the 1990s. That said, it is a highly watched gauge and worthy of commentary.
Buying Apples and Oranges – Do we have short memories? In recent weeks, I have been reading much about the lack of confidence in the housing market that is demonstrated by declining transactions and prices. Although it is clear that we are far from “out of the woods” at this point, I would like to suggest that this news may not be as dire as everyone is thinking.
Market News Thoughts for 2011 As we approach the end of 2010, I like to pause and reflect on the events of the year relative to both the economy as a whole, and the real estate markets in particular.
Market News GDP Growth – The Good and the Bad I was just looking at figures released this morning relative to how our economic output is doing. Gross Domestic Product is a figure that is very important as it shows how we, as a nation, are growing economically by looking at the value of all the goods and services that we generate inside the U.S.