Info That Hits Us Where We Live – August Year-Over-Year
QUOTE OF THE WEEK… “If you only care enough for a result, you will almost certainly attain it.” –William James, American philosopher and psychologist
INFO THAT HITS US WHERE WE LIVE… We all do care a lot about keeping the housing market on its steady path of recovery and last week saw more evidence of progress in that direction. An analytics and research firm that serves the industry reported home prices throughout the country were up 12.4% year-over-year in July, the 17th month in a row of annual home price growth. Another analytical company, specializing in property values, posted home prices up 10.2% year-over-year in August. They noted that the last time they saw double-digit annual home price growth was in mid-2006.
Home builders are aware of this. Private residential construction was up 0.6% in July, to its highest level since September 2008. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) forecast that existing home sales are expected to increase 10% for all of 2013, then hit 5.2 million by the end of 2014. And even with the recent rise in mortgage interest rates, the Mortgage Bankers Association reported mortgage applications up 1.3% for the week ending August 30. Economists also noted that rates now are roughly the same as they were two years ago, while housing affordability is at an all-time high.
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