Thursday, November 22, 2007

Home Sales Dropped in 3Q

Sales of existing homes declined in 46 states in the third quarter of 2007, according to an NAR [National Association of Realtors] report issued Wednesday. Sales dropped 13.7% on average year-over-year, while Nevada, Florida, Arizona and California were hit hardest, with declines of 35%, 32%, 30.9% and 27.8% respectively. Sales increased in Vermont and North Dakota – the only two states to report positive data. Sales were up 0.8% in Vermont and 2.9% in North Dakota, and no sales figures were available for Idaho and New Hampshire.

As for metropolitan areas, 93 out of 150 surveyed saw price increases. However, median prices in Florida and California dropped more than 10% compared to last year. In his statement, NAR’s chief economist Lawrence Yun emphasized the positive news: “Some metro areas are hot while others are experiencing localized problems”. So all Real Estate is local, and the problems are “localized”. And there’s more of the “all is well” rhetoric: “Home prices … are affordable and, perhaps, even undervalued” – I guess foreclosure properties are indeed undervalued.

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