Price declines are getting smaller, sales volume is getting larger and the overall real estate market appears to be mending. October sales were up for pre-existing home sales, 23.5% up compared with October of 2008. Homes sales for October were predicted to be 5.70 million, but the sales volume turned out to be 6.1 million.
Encouraging words are being spoken about real estate by NAR’s chief economist who stated that, “Existing home sales have already bottomed. Home prices are almost there. We are seeing less of a decline in house values.”
Approximately one third of home sales in October were made by first time home buyers taking advantage of the first time home buyer tax credit. The median home price fell 7.1%, still affected by distressed properties which accounted for 30% of October’s home sales .
In addition, inventory of homes for sale has dropped slightly, indicating that the housing market is indeed recovering slowly. Tax incentives, low mortgage rates and decreasing home values continue to make their mark, helping real estate sales to increase. The housing market’s recovery will hopefully seep into the minds of consumers, giving a bit of peace and spurring on recovery in other sectors.
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