INFO THAT HITS US WHERE WE LIVE… When people tell you the housing market isn’t showing many positive signs, here are some facts that may change their minds. As of January, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) reported the housing inventory of for-sale homes has fallen to its lowest level since March 2005 — 2.3 million homes, about a six-month supply. Meanwhile, total home sales rose 13% in the last six months, according to another industry survey.
The NAR also reports that sales of second homes in 2011 shot up to their highest market share since the height of the housing boom. This includes both vacation and investment homes. A survey of real estate economists and analysts reported home prices should stabilize this year, rebound in 2013 and accelerate in 2014. Finally, Freddie Mac’s weekly survey revealed that national average mortgage rates hit new all-time lows for 15-year fixed-rate loans and were just above the record low for 30-year mortgages.
Information courtesy of Nicole Walker, Sterling Bank.