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Inman News released a report highlighting metro areas that are expected to “outshine many other markets in real estate performance this year.” In its report, Inman News scanned metro areas with populations over 150,000 to find where real estate sales volume is rising, job markets are growing, foreclosure activity is low, sales prices are appreciating, and home affordability is at high levels.
After reaching a 19-month high, pending home sales eased in December but stayed above year-ago levels, according to the National Association of Realtors®.
The Pending Home Sales Index, a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, declined 3.5 percent to 96.6 in December from 100.1 in November but is 5.6 percent above December 2010 when it was 91.5. The data reflects contracts but not closings.
Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, said these are early signs of what may be a sustained recovery. “The pattern of home sales in recent months demonstrates a market in recovery,” he said. “Record low mortgage interest rates, job growth and bargain home prices are giving more consumers the confidence they need to enter the market.”
The NAR Investment and Vacation Home Buyers Survey breaks down the share of home sales by primary residences, vacation homes, or investment properties, and presents several characteristics of the non-primary residence transaction.
Here you'll find the list of NAR's housing statistics.
Local data is critical to understanding local markets, but real time information is best. Each Survey of REALTOR® Sentiment/ Regional Vice-Presidential Report (RVPR) is a collection of results from NAR's most recent REALTOR® Confidence Index along with commentary from NAR's Regional Vice President for that region. These RVPRs—which reflect data available through October 2011—provide insights into the buzz on the street for each of the regional housing markets.