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Redfin: 45% of Sellers Say Now Is a Good Time to Enter Market

After showing some reluctance at the beginning of the first quarter, homeowners polled for Redfin's second-quarter Real-Time Seller Survey seem far more interested in entering the market. According to responses collected by Redfin, 45 percent of sellers believe now is a good time to sell, up from just 22 percent in the first quarter and 15 percent in last year's fourth quarter.

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Home Sales See Seasonal Surge, Listings Fall

Home sales rose 25 percent month-over-month in March, reflecting the normal spring spike that occurs every year, according to Redfin. On a year-over-year basis, however, sales were up just 0.9 percent--the smallest gain in 14 months. Ten of the 19 markets tracked by Redfin saw sales increase year-over-year, one fewer than February. All 19 markets posted month-over-month improvements. Home prices also saw a nice boost, growing 6.2 percent from February and 15 percent from March 2012. However, the number of homes for sale fell 31 percent from March 2012 to March 2013.

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Reports Burst Housing Bubble Concerns

While rapid price gains have recently prompted fears of another housing bubble on the horizon, recent reports from Capital Economics and Redfin asserted no such bubble is forming--at least not on a national level. Capital Economics addressed concerns that home price increases, which are rising twice as fast as gains in income and residential rent, are not sustainable in the long run. One argument the firm made is housing actually has more to gain than lose from rapid price gains since it would help more homeowners rise out of negative equity and help those with low equity.

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Attitudes Toward Buying, Selling Shift in Q1 Among Agents

According to findings from Redfin, the number of agents saying now is a good time to buy plummeted from 75 percent in Q3 2012 to just 57 percent in Q1 2013. At the same time, the number of agents saying now is a bad time to buy rose slightly, though the percentage is still low--5 percent in Q1 2013 compared to 2 percent in Q3 2012. On the other hand, 82 percent of agents believe now is a good time to sell, a spike from 54 percent in the third-quarter survey.

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More than One-Third of Listed Homes Sold Within 2 Weeks: Redfin

More than one-third of homes were taken off the market in two weeks or less last month, Redfin revealed in its most recent monthly housing report. On average, 34 percent of homes were under contract within 14 days of their debut in February, an increase from 30.3 percent in January, the online real estate broker reported. Redfin also reported a continued year-over-year decrease in inventory, which has fallen 32 percent from February 2012.

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Survey: Inventory Shortage Frustrates Buyers

Redfin's latest survey shows a shortage of inventory and rising prices--both of which naturally benefit sellers--are creating frustration for buyers trying to get in on the ground floor of the housing recovery. According to Redfin's findings, 79 percent of buyers who responded to the survey now believe home prices will increase in their neighborhood over the next year, up from 71 percent in Q4 2012. The share of buyers who believe prices will rise ""a lot"" more than doubled, increasing to 22 percent from 10 percent previously.

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Redfin: New Short Sale Listings Down 54% from 2012

In a blog post Friday, Redfin revealed new conventional listings have actually gone up 2 percent compared to last year, while listings for distressed properties have been reduced in half. Redfin conducted an analysis of new property listings in the first five weeks of 2013 (January 1 to February 11) compared to the same period in 2012. The Seattle-based brokerage found short sale listings decreased 54 percent from 2012, while REO listings are down by 46 percent. Overall, new listings declined 18 percent from 2012.

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Redfin: Recovery Swells in Unlikely Neighborhoods

Redfin, a Seattle-based real estate broker driven by technology, is finding some of the nation's top emerging markets in what the broker says are unlikely places. Redfin studied 48 emerging neighborhoods located within 16 major metro areas across the country to determine which neighborhoods showed the most promise in terms of price growth this year. Seven of the top 10 neighborhoods are located in California. The top neighborhood is Highland Park, located in Los Angeles.

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Redfin: Sales, Listings, Prices Slip in December

Redfin's Price Tracker, a monthly report on prices, sales, and inventory across 19 U.S. markets, is based on local multiple listing services. According to the data for December, all three of the indicators tracked took a plunge during the holidays. According to Redfin, listings were down 11.5 percent from November and 33 percent from December 2011. The lack of selection proved to have a hindering effect on sales, which declined 4.1 percent from November to reach the lowest level in 10 months, Redfin reports.

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Redfin Announces Savings for Customers and Growth

Redfin announced that as of mid-November, it has saved customers more than $100 million in real estate fees and reached more than $8 billion in home sales. According to Redfin, customers have saved more than $25 million on fees in 2012 alone. The company also boasts a satisfaction rate of 97 percent.

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