Info That Hits Us Where We Live, Saratoga Springs, NY
QUOTE OF THE WEEK… “There’s no one to stop you but yourself.”–Dave Thomas, founder of Wendy’s and philanthropist
INFO THAT HITS US WHERE WE LIVE, Saratoga Springs, NY… There’s not much that’s stopping the housing market from steadily moving forward. For 2012, the National Association of Realtors reported existing home sales UP 9.2% to 4.65 million units, flirting with levels not seen since 2007’s 5.03 million homes. The median existing home price is UP 11.5% from December a year ago, the tenth month in a row of year-over-year gains. For 2012, the median price was UP 6.3%, the largest annual price gain since 2005! Completing the picture, although down in December, New Home Sales posted a 19.9% annual gain, their first in 7 years. The median sales price for 2012 was UP 7.2% over 2011, while the FHFA index of prices for homes financed with conforming mortgages is UP 5.6% in the past year.
CORRECTION: Last week’s coverage of homeowner tax benefits from the “fiscal cliff” agreement should have read: “Mortgage principal reductions or cancellations by lenders will NOT be treated as ordinary income to homeowners.” This tax break, which had been scheduled to expire 12/31/12, is good news for those receiving principal balance reductions from loan modifications, short sales, deeds-in-lieu, or foreclosures. NOTE: Always consult a tax professional for the definitive answer to any tax question.
648 Plank Rd. Suite 203
Clifton Park NY 12065
Orson B.Klender, Associate Broker
Keller Williams Realty Saratoga Springs
38 High Rock Ave, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866