Real Estate Market Makes a Come-Back

The real estate market has experienced difficulty over the last five years. From 2000-2006, house values climbed to unbelievable heights. Since then, we have seen much of this appreciation disappear. Many now look at the housing market as dead and lying in the ashes of its previous glory. However, there is growing evidence that the market is coming back to life.

Buyer activity is increasing
The first sign of an improving market is buyers again beginning to shop for a home for themselves and their family. That is taking place right now.

Pete Flint, CEO of Trulia said in a recent press release:

“We’re seeing a national resurgence of buyer and seller activity on Trulia.com. In January alone, we experienced an unprecedented level of site traffic including 11 million unique visitors – which is more than 70 percent year-over-year growth… (We) are now experiencing 100,000 property views per minute.”

The latest Credit Suisse Monthly Survey of Real Estate Agents reports:

Our Monthly Survey of Real Estate Agents pointed to another month of improved traffic – the third straight month, and the highest level for our traffic index since April 2010, the last month of the homebuyer tax credit. The improved economy and stronger consumer confidence has translated into an increase in homebuyer traffic.

But have they actually started purchasing?

The best news is that buyers are not just looking. The latest National Association of Realtors’ (NAR) Pending Sales Report, which quantifies the number of homes going into contract, shows continued improvement:
Pending home sales improved further in December, marking the fifth gain in the past six months.

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