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Housing Inventory Drops in November, Still Above 2009 Numbers

A new report from ZipRealty shows the supply of homes for sale in November declined by an average of 3.8 percent in 26 major metropolitan areas that the company researched. The largest inventory declines were seen in Austin, Texas, where the for-sale supply fell 9.5 percent, and Boston, Massachusetts, down 10 percent. The company says declines could be indicative of sellers deciding to take their homes off the market, and could also be a result of foreclosure moratoriums.

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Consumers Don’t Expect Housing Recovery Until 2013, Experts Agree

Americans continue to grapple with uncertainty about the housing market, with 58 percent of U.S. adults expecting recovery to be at least another two years away. Rick Sharga of RealtyTrac and Pete Flint of Trulia are of the same mind as consumers. They peg the housing recovery to begin taking shape between 2013 and 2014. The robo-signing debacle has left most consumers mired in distrust of banks and the government. The industry experts say its effect on REO sales will be minimal, but the impact on consumer confidence could be especially damaging.

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Survey: Americans Are Seeking Smaller Homes in the Suburbs

According to a new consumer lifestyle survey from Relocation.com, more Americans prefer smaller homes in the suburbs. Forty-eight percent of the respondents to the nationwide survey stated that their ideal home size ranges from 1,000 to 1,999 square feet, a significant contrast to a National Association of Home Builders' report five years ago that found the average home's square footage was 2,400 feet. The survey also found that 54 percent of Americans prefer living in a suburban neighborhood.

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NAR Reports Existing Home Sales Declined 2.2% in October

In September, when existing home sales rose 10 percent, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) released a statement declaring the numbers meant a sales recovery had begun. One short month later, and after only two months of gains, sales have slumped 2.2 percent to a 4.43 million annual rate - which was even lower than economists had predicted. Also down was the median price of existing homes sold. Analysts agree that the recent foreclosure freezes likely disrupted a number of pending sales.

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Report: Texas Home Sales Down in Third Quarter

According to the Texas Quarterly Housing Report released earlier this month, real estate sales in the Lone Star State decreased 20 percent in the third quarter of 2010 compared to a year earlier, but were essentially flat year-to-date. The Texas Association of Realtors attributes the statistics to an early peak in the market due to the federal homebuyer tax credits. The median home price in Texas remained virtually unchanged at $152,000.

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Inventories of For-Sale Homes Drop in Most Major Markets: Altos

Inventories of homes listed for sale are dwindling across the country, in some markets, significantly, according to Altos Research. Of the 26 major markets the company tracks, only three showed increases in inventory during the month of October - Las Vegas, Phoenix, and San Diego - and Altos described their increases as ""slight."" Washington, D.C. had the biggest decline in its supply of listed homes. While, typically, decreases in inventory are evidence of a leveling off, Altos says the potential impact of the so-called shadow inventory looms large.

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Slide in Home Prices Signals Trouble Ahead: IAS

Residential property values fell 0.2 percent at the national level during the third quarter, according to Integrated Asset Services (IAS). In front of a seasonal slow-down in home sales, IAS says the data foreshadow ""particularly difficult times ahead"" for the housing market and for the U.S. economy. The company's report confirms that the nation's most devastated counties are showing no signs of bottoming. The robo-signing controversy is expected to slow the housing correction even further as banks hold back foreclosures.

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Long-Term Mortgage Interest Rates Edge Higher

Mortgage rates are still incredibly low by historical standards. They've been fluctuating around record lows not seen in more than a half-century for a good many months now. This week was one where that movement was upward, according to industry data released Thursday. A nationwide survey conducted by Freddie Mac found that 30-year fixed-rate mortgages rose to 4.23 percent, while 15-year rates edged up to 3.66 percent. Bankrate reports that the larger jumbo 30-year fixed rate reversed last week's decline, returning to 5.10 percent.

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Sales of Existing Homes Post 10% Gain in September: NAR

Sales of previously owned homes rose in September for the second straight month. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) on Monday reported a 10 percent jump. The month-to-month gain was more than analysts were expecting, and NAR says the latest numbers ""affirm a sales recovery has begun."" Some market observers, though, suggest such an assertion is premature. The median sales price of existing homes dropped 2.4 percent in September. Distressed homes accounted for 35 percent of the month's transactions.

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RE/MAX Predicts Increased Home Sales in Coming Months

According to RE/MAX's monthly report, the housing market is attempting to return to traditional seasonal trends after a slow summer following the spring rush to qualify for the government's homebuyer tax credit. September sales were 6.4 percent below those in August and 20.6 percent below sales in September 2009, but RE/MAX officials say they are encouraged by reports of signed contracts in the field, which should translate into increased home sales in the months ahead.

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