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Despite economic uncertainty, 68 percent of those surveyed in the 2010 National Housing Pulse Survey, conducted by the National Association of Realtors, still believe now is a good time to buy a home; while that number is down from last year (75 percent), it’s up from 2008 (66 percent) and 2007 (59 percent). Lower home prices and record-low mortgage interest rates are attracting buyers to the housing market – more than one-fourth of renters said they are thinking more about buying a home than they were a year ago. Sixty-three percent of renter respondents said that owning a home is a priority in their future, and nearly 40 percent said it was one of their highest priorities.

Americans are seeing more stability in the real estate market. Nearly…
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Home sales will remain soft in the months ahead, but improved affordability conditions should help with a recovery, according to the National Association of Realtors. The recovery looks to be a long process with job numbers being lower than expected in the last couple of months. However, affordability could reach a generational high in the second half of this year because of rock-bottom mortgage interest rates. The loan underwriting standards are tighter, but home buyers can improve their chances of getting a loan by staying well within their budget.

Take a look at the August 2010 Orange County real estate sales statistics as reported by DQNews.com:

Dana Point Real Estate Sales Statistics - August 2010
(92624 Zip)

Homes Sold:  9
Change from

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Pending home sales in June edged lower in contrast to the spring surge when buyers rushed to take advantage of the home buyer tax credit, according to the National Association of Realtors®.

The Pending Home Sales Index declined 2.6 percent to 75.7 based on contracts signed in June. Down from 77.7 in May, and is 18.6 percent below June 2009 when it was 93.0. The data reflects contracts and not closings, which normally occur with a lag time of one or two months.

Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, said lower home sales are expected in the short term. “Over the short term, inventory will look high relative to home sales. However, since home prices have come down to fundamentally justifiable levels, there isn’t likely to be any meaningful change to…
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Pending home sales have risen for three consecutive months, reflecting the broad impact of the home buyer tax credit and favorable housing affordability conditions, according to the National Association of Realtors®.

The Pending Home Sales Index rose 6.0 percent to 110.9 based on sales contracts signed in April. This figure is up from 104.6 in March, and is 22.4 percent higher than April 2009 when it was 90.6 and reflects increases of 7.1 percent in March and 8.3 percent in February.

Pending home sales are at the highest level since last October when the index reached 112.4 and first-time buyers were rushing to beat the initial deadline for the tax credit. The data reflects sales contracts and not closings, which usually occur with a lag time of

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Two top housing economists forecast some encouraging but tempered predictions for the housing market over the next few years during an economic session at the National Association of Realtors® Midyear Legislative Meetings & Expo today.

Top housing economists, Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, and Mark Zandi, chief economist and co-founder of Moody’s Economy.com, forecast some encouraging but tempered predictions for the housing market over the next few years. Both agree that job creation is key to an economic and housing recovery, with an improvement in job creation as 2010 progresses. However, they differed somewhat on the impact that foreclosures will have on home price stabilization. Yun expects a slightly stronger demand for housing and a…
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By RealtyTrac Staff

Statewide filings down marginally from last year; nation’s 4th highest foreclosure rate March numbers up substantially from a month earlier; down from a year ago

Foreclosure activity in California rose 5 percent during the first quarter of 2010, but was down more than 6 percent from the same period last year. In all, the state reported 216,263 properties with foreclosure filings during the quarter, maintaining it’s status as the nation’s foreclosure leader for the 16th consecutive quarter. One in every 62 California housing units received a foreclosure filing during the quarter, the fourth highest state foreclosure rate in the nation.

The level of activity was more noteworthy in March, when the state reported 93,173 properties with…
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Owning a home is its own reward, but homeownership can also bring rewards at tax time. This year is especially beneficial for people who are in the market to buy a home, thanks to the $8,000 first-time buyer credit and the $6,500 tax credit for repeat buyers. 

Current homeowners can benefit, as well. Tax credits are available for owners who improve the energy efficiency of their home, including replacing exterior windows, skylights and doors and installing efficient heating and air conditioning systems. Certain home improvements may qualify for as much as 30 percent of the project cost, up to $1,500.

Homeowners also enjoy a mortgage interest deduction; allowing them to deduct all the interest paid on up to $1 million in mortgage debt. If you

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Home sales surged in the fourth quarter of 2009 with many areas seeing double digit gains according to the National Association of Realtors. Total existing-home sales (single-family and condo) jumped 13.9 percent above the third quarter and 27.2 percent above the fourth quarter of 2008. Distressed property sales accounted for 32 percent of the fourth quarter transactions, down from 37 percent from 2008.

Lawrence Yun , NAR chief economist, said the first-time home buyer tax credit, combined with record low interest rates, played a dominant role in fourth quarter sales. Yun went on to say, “With inventory levels trending down over the past 18 months, we expect broadly balanced housing market conditions in much of the country by late spring with more areas

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Contract activity for pending home sales fell after a surge of activity in preceding months to beat the original deadline for the first-time home buyer tax credit but remains comfortably above a year ago, according to the National Association of Realtors®.

The Pending Home Sales Index, a forward-looking indicator based on contracts signed in November, fell 16.0 percent to 96.0 from an upwardly revised 114.3 in October, but is 15.5 percent higher than November 2008 when it was 83.1.

Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, said a drop was expected. “It will be at least early spring before we see notable gains in sales activity as home buyers respond to the recently extended and expanded tax credit,” he said. “The fact that pending home sales are comfortably

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There were 24,439 Orange County CA foreclosure homes and 2,090 new foreclosure filings in November 2009, according to RealtyTrac.com. The average foreclosure sales price was $409,425. 

Orange County CA Foreclosure Activity and Home Price Index

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Orange County CA foreclosure activity is based on the total number of properties that receive foreclosure filings - default notice, foreclosure auction notice or repossession notice - each month. Home price appreciation is based on month-over-month percentage change of the Home Price Index. The Home Price Index is calculated from home sales records.

Orange County CA Foreclosure Geographical Comparison

Orange County CA foreclosures are 0.11% above national statistics and 0.21% below state figures.

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