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Happy Friday – Strong Gain in Existing-Home Sales Maintains Uptrend

According to a post today by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), for the first time in five years, existing-home sales have increased for four months in a row; monthly increase is the largest in 23 years. Existing home sales rose 7.2 % to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.24 million units in July from a level of 4.89 million in June, and are 5.0% above the 4.99 million-unit pace in July 2008.  Could the real estate market be recovering sooner than we thought?

Almost half of homeowners with a mortgage could be underwater by 2011, says Deutsche Bank.

This CNN article is not good news for those of us in the real estate industry. In it Karen Weaver from Deutsche Bank estimates that home prices in the US will fall another 14% causing 48% of homeowners to be upside down on their mortgage. What?? I thought we were bottoming out? Anyone have any comments on this?

Read the article here

Expensive homes miss the recovery

In recent weeks, mortgage brokers, bankers, and even Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke have been talking about a housing rebound later this year. And the figures seem to back up their optimism: New home sales rose 11% in June for the third consecutive month.

(from CNN) In recent weeks, mortgage brokers, bankers, and even Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke have been talking about a housing rebound later this year. And the figures seem to back up their optimism: New home sales rose 11% in June for the third consecutive month. Read More