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2013 Home Sales Very Strong

According to the National Association of Realtors®; existing home sales (called re-sales) for all of 2013 were the highest since the boom year of 2006.  In all, there were over 5 million sales in 2013, which was over a 9 percent increase from 2012.

The median home price for 2013 nationally was $197,00 which was an 11.5 percent increase from 2012.  It was the strongest gain since 2005.  The percentage of short sales and foreclosures as a part of all sales dropped by half over December 2012.  The increasing median price is partly fueled by the lack of these distressed properties pulling down prices.

Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, said housing has experienced a healthy recovery over the past two years. “Existing-home sales have risen nearly 20 percent since 2011, with job growth, record low mortgage interest rates and a large pent-up demand driving the market,” he said. “We lost some momentum toward the end of 2013 from disappointing job growth and limited inventory, but we ended with a year that was close to normal given the size of our population.”

Keller Williams Mobile launched!

Are you standing in front of a home with a Keller Williams sign out front? Do you have a smartphone? Go to mobile.kw.com and you can very quickly get information on the home. Here’s what you can do:
Search by MLS number.
Search by address and minimum / maximum list price.
Scroll through listings sorted by price ascending / price descending / open houses.
At a particular proprerty, you can get more email, send the info to a friend and conctact the agent by email or phone.
You can also get directions, see a map of the property area and view more photos.

Commuting. See how long it will take.

Here’s an interactive map where you can research your next move. http://www.realtor.org/rmonews_and_commentary/articles/2008/nar_research_maps_msa

Surprise! Buyers like nice weather.

Common sense still prevails. A Realtor.com study of buyer searches shows that 90% of the most searched markets in 2010 were in sunny locations. Only Chicago stood out as the only cold weather destination. The cities ranged from Los Angeles to Miami. I wonder how many of these searches were by snowbirds just dreaming of no snow, warm breezes, low taxes and friendly people? I think I was searching in Costa Rica myself when cabin fever started setting in during Snowcation 2011.

Handling Lowball Offers When Selling Your Home

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How to assess the cost of a fixer-upper

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Do’s and Don’ts of Homebuyer Incentives

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