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Monthly Archives: April 2012

Low-ball Offers Decline In Some Housing Markets

It’s not something that economists routinely track, but it provides a rough sense of what’s happening in local real estate markets. Call it the low-ball index. A year ago, according to researchers at the National Assn. of Realtors, 1 out of 10 members surveyed in a monthly poll complained about low-ball offers on houses listed Read More

It’s Safe To Sell Your Home Again

Given everything they knew about the lackluster housing market, Meghann and Cort Battles didn’t expect much when they listed their four-bedroom home in Centennial, a Denver suburb, for sale in January. So they were taken aback by the onslaught of interest. Meghann, at home on maternity leave with their two sons, juggled 32 showings in Read More

Report Signals Start Of Broad-based Housing Recovery

Could it be that housing has emerged from its funk? While some hard-hit markets still lag, overall, a number of key indicators are pointing in that direction and could confirm “the beginning of a broad-based housing recovery,” according to the latest report from Realtor.com. “We’re seeing some hope,” says Steve Berkowitz, the company’s chief executive Read More

As Home Rents Head Higher, Owning Regains Its Appeal

Climbing rents for apartments are combining with a continued decline in home prices to push once-reluctant home buyers into finally taking the plunge, say economists and real-estate agents, helping what appears to be a good start to the housing industry’s all-important spring selling season.  Although increased buying activity from investors and second-home purchasers are also Read More