The State of Real Estate

Real Estate Finally Takes Meaningful Strides Towards Recovery

We finished off June 2012 and halfway through the year. Residential real estate has finally taken some meaningful strides toward recovery, and they’ve all been self-powered without divine (or governmental) intervention. Yes, there have been some head fakes in the past, but there’s real reason to believe that market turnaround awaits us. Beyond home prices, key metrics to watch include Days on Market, Percent of List Price Received and Months Supply of Inventory. Locally, several indicators showed improvement. Let’s see what the rest of our local data has to say.

Overall in our area, new Listings were down 13.1 percent for detached homes and 16.7 percent for attached properties. Pending Sales increased 57.5 percent for single-family homes and 65.2 percent for townhouse-condo properties. The Median Sales Price was up 6.0 percent to $450,000 for detached homes and 7.5 percent to $268,659 for attached properties. Months Supply of Inventory decreased 65.6 percent for single-family units and 72.7 percent for townhouse-condo units.

We seem to be at a critical inflection point in our search for more employment opportunities. Job growth provides the dual benefit of stimulating new household growth as well as relieving distressed homeowners. There’s also the positive feedback loop of housing creating jobs and jobs creating housing. Keeping the affordability picture afloat, the Fed has vowed to keep interest rates around 4.0 percent through mid-2013.

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By Diego Loya

Diego Loya is a Realtor - Broker at Home Living Real Estate Brokerage, a Orange County full services real estate company. Over the past 12 years, Diego has helped homeowners sell and buy their homes. He's loves educating and empowering real estate consumers. You can find him on Google, Facebook and Twitter.

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