Evelyne Hunt

Exit Realty NE Houston

3824 Atascocita Rd. 128
Humble, TX 77396


Cell: 832-797-4331   
Phone: 281-548-3948 
Fax: 281-812-1557

Housing Trends

February 2015

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Existing-Home Sales Lose Momentum in November as Inventory Slightly Tightens

WASHINGTON (February 23, 2015) – Existing-home sales declined in January to their lowest rate in nine months, but the pace was higher than a year ago for the fourth straight month, according to the National Association of Realtors®. All major regions experienced declines in January, with the Northeast and West seeing the largest.

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Home-Price Growth Slightly Accelerates in Fourth Quarter of 2014

WASHINGTON (February 11, 2015) – The majority of metropolitan areas experienced steady but slightly stronger price growth in the fourth quarter of 2014, behind a decline in housing supply and an uptick in demand fueled by lower interest rates and a stronger job market, according to the latest quarterly report by the National Association of Realtors®.

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Existing home sales (February )

4.82 millions units*

Existing home median price (February )

$199,600

Housing Starts (February )

1.065 millions units*

New home sales (February )

4.81 millions units*

*Seasonally adjusted annual rate. Source: NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.

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Home ownership

4th Qtr 2014

+64.0%

4th Qtr 2013

+65.2%

The homeownership rate in the fourth quarter 2014 was 64.0 percent, down 1.2 (+/- 0.4) percentage points from the fourth quarter 2013 rate of 65.2 percent. The homeownership rates in the Northeast, Midwest and South were lower than the rates in the fourth quarter 2013, while the rate in the West was not statistically different from the rate a year ago.

New home sales

January 2015

-0.2%

December 2014

+8.1%

Sales of new single-family houses in January 2015 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 481,000. This is 0.2 percent (+/- 22.2%)* below the revised December 2014 estimate of 482,000.

Source: U.S. CENSUS BUREAU

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Home Ownership matters…to people, to communities, and to America. Why? • For every two homes sold, one job is created in the U.S. • Each purchase generates as much as $60,000 in economic activity over time. Read more

Buying is now cheaper than renting in 74 percent of the nation’s largest cities. Low home prices and “rock-bottom” interest rates as well as tax advantages of homeownership are the reasons why it’s now cheaper to BUY a 2-bdrm home than to rent one. Check out this CNN Money article with the details. Read more

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