Home sales rose for the 11th consecutive month according to the National Association of REALTORS® Existing Home Sales Report for January.
This is the first time this has occurred since the period between July of 2005 and May of 2006.
National Average Home Price Up Over 12% Annually
The national average home price in January was $173,600, which is 12.3 percent higher than for January 2012.
Calculated on a seasonally-adjusted annual basis, Existing Home Sales data is compiled using completed sales of single family homes, condominium units and co-ops.
January’s existing home sales rose by 0.4 percent to 4.92 million sales nationally as compared to December’s revised annual rate of 4.90 million sales nationally.
National sales of existing homes increased by 9.1 percent as compared to January 2012.
Regional Home Sales Support Housing Recovery
Regional home sales for January suggest more good news for housing markets. Seasonally- adjusted annual home sales rose in all regions of the U.S. except in the West, while median home prices rose for all regions.
Northeast: Home sales were up by 4.8 percent in January to 650,000 sales, which is 12.1 percent more homes sold than for January 2012. The median home price rose by 2.4 percent from January 2012 to $230,500.
Midwest: Annual home sales in January increased by 3.6 percent to 1.16 million; this is 17.2 percent higher than for January 2012. The median home price in the Midwest rose to $131,800, an increase of 8.6 percent as compared to January 2012.
South: Home sales were up by 1 percent to 1.96 million sales in January; this represents a 14.0 percent increase in annual sales as compared to one year ago. The average home price for the South was $152,100, an increase of 13.4 percent over January 2012.
West: Home sales fell by 5.7 percent to an annual rate of $1.15 million. This represents a 5.7 percent decrease in sales from one year ago. The median home price in January was $239,800 and was 26.6 percent above the region’s median sale price for January 2012.
A falling inventory of homes for sale may be holding back buyers; the inventory of homes for sale fell to a 4.2 month supply from December’s 4.5 month supply of homes. A 6-month supply of homes is considered average.
Home Prices May Rise Quickly
While the spring home buying season will likely see more homes come on the market in Longmont and the surrounding area , economists caution that home prices could rise faster than expected due to increasing demand. A seller’s market could be in the making.
Mortgage rates also appear to be rising; now may be your best time for gaining the advantage of relatively low home prices and mortgage rates.
The real estate market has started to recover from the downturn over the last few years in many areas of the country, and more people are thinking about buying a new place to live.
With this new energy in home buying, an interesting trend seems to be developing.
Instead of going for larger homes, which was an overwhelming trend in years past, many people are choosing micro-dwellings.
What is a micro-dwelling?
There are a number of different styles of micro dwellings being built. This is a relatively new concept for homes in the United States and individual creativity abounds in this space.
The most common factor in micro-dwellings are their size. They tend to be less than 500 square feet of living space.
Some densely populated metropolitan areas like San Francisco and New York City are planning apartments as small as approximately 300 square feet!
Think this shrinking of real estate space applies only to multi-family dwellings?
Think again. You can also find tiny single-family homes — some of which are even portable.
If you’re still not convinced, read on to discover a few of the factors drawing buyers to smaller living spaces.
A lower price tag – The cost of these homes can be significantly less than that of standard homes, which means you may not have a large mortgage over your head for the next 30 years.
More free time – A smaller house means less cleaning. Who isn’t on board with that idea?
Less clutter – If your home is less than 500 square feet, you have to get rid of everything you don’t absolutely need.
Mobility – Many of these tiny homes are equipped with wheels or built-on trailers, so moving is no longer the stressful and expensive undertaking it used to be. Simply close the door and go!
Smaller is greener – It makes sense that if your home is smaller, you will automatically reduce your energy consumption, which means more money in your pocket every month and a smaller carbon footprint.
Micro-living might not be for everyone. It does offer an option for those who are just starting out, those who love to travel, or those nearing retirement.
And even if you don’t opt for the smallest living space, reducing energy usage and saving money are ideas most anyone can take to the bank.
Photo Credit: Tumbleweed Tiny Homes
Buying Boulder real estate doesn’t just give you a place to live; it can also be a very smart financial move.
This is because owning a home can be like having a forced savings account, which you are committed to for the long term.
Consistent Saving On Autopilot
Sometimes saving money on our own each month is difficult. It takes a lot of discipline to maintain a consistent savings plan.
However, paying your mortgage every month means that you are paying down the principal and working toward eventually owning the property outright.
In the early years of the mortgage, the payments will go primarily to the interest on the loan.
But over time, the portion of your payment dedicated to principle increases, which accelerates paying off the entire mortgage.
Make Yourself Wealthy Instead Of Your Landlord
In the long term, owning your own home may be a much better financial arrangement than renting a home. No matter how long you pay monthly rent, you will never own the real estate that you are living in.
When you are renting your home, it may also be possible for your landlord to increase your rent every year.
On the other hand, paying a mortgage on your real estate means that every month you get closer to owning the home.
In fact, most home mortgage lenders offer a fixed interest rate mortgage. This gives you a sense of control over how much you are paying every month, year to year.
In a fixed rate mortgage, every mortgage payment pays down a portion of the principle on your mortgage loan. In many cases this builds equity in your property and increases your net worth.
It’s a good idea to check with a professional mortgage lender to get an idea of the most up-to-date programs available.
Real Estate May Increase In Value Over Time
Over the years, your home might appreciate in value. Many experts say that the average home value increase each year over longer stretches of time, although this will vary according to the area you live in, the current economy and other factors.
Your home’s value may very well fluctuate throughout the years, but history has shown that over the long term, buying a home can be a very beneficial financial decision.
Understanding the benefits of home ownership, including the potential financial upside of purchasing your own home, can be an excellent way to further your overall personal financial plan.
With this latest fire, over 1,800 Boulder Colorado residents were asked to evacuate their homes yesterday and the breaking news for today is that the evacuation was lifted. And according to the Daily Camera, mandatory evacuation orders remained in place overnight for at least 139 Boulder County residents and 1,700 people within city limits west of Seventh Street, from Canyon Boulevard on the south, to North Street on the north. Also, Boulder Community Hospital’s Maxwell and Mapleton facilities were also evacuated and will remain closed Saturday. The hospital’s north Broadway location was not affected. Read about how the fire started and more. Read the rest of this entry »
I was asked the following question when showing one of our VA (Veterans Administration) owned properties:
Since we are witnessing more and more Veteran Administration-owned properties in the real estate market, I assume that many more people have the same question or are unaware of financing that they may in fact qualify for.
Vendee financing is a program Veterans Admin offers to help finance VA REO (bank-owned) properties. The appeal of this is the times when a VA loan product or program is offered to non-veterans. Read the rest of this entry »
School is ending for the 2009-2010 year and with that comes the need to find childcare for the summer. As a working mother in Boulder Colorado, I am always looking for a great summer camp or two around the county. And since real estate is really picking up, I will need plenty of full-time child care. Over the years, my children have attended YMCA, Science Discovery, and Avid4Adventure. These are all fulfilling camps providing not only supervision but stimulating activities as well. Did you know that YMCA camps have been voted the best day camps 4 years in a row!? Wow, you can’t beat that kind of award. It’s nice to feel reassured that while your child is away for the day; that they are learning, having fun, and being well taken care of. At the YMCA Day Camp, children can enjoy all sorts of adventure including archery, swimming, arts & crafts, field trips, and new friendships. A wide variety of programs are offered for children ages 5-17, with special programs designed just for teens. Want to hear about more camp opportunities? Read on. Read the rest of this entry »
Really? Not a short sale? Not a foreclosure? It’s called a ” Deed in Lieu of Foreclosure” which actually lets a homeowner voluntarily turn over the deed to their house to the lender! This is not a new concept, however, neither is foreclosure, but this crazy real estate market we are living in now requires that you cover all you bases before making a final decision on how to get out from under your mortgage. Even thought the federal government launched some new rules earlier this month concerning short sales, some homeowners might not quality for a short sale because they have no hardship. Could this be you? Read on please…. Read the rest of this entry »
Got kids? How about family visiting from out of town? Well, this is your week Boulder County Colorado! It’s family week, which obviously means a weekends worth of activities designed for the whole gang. If you’re from Lafayette, enjoy time spent at the Bob Burger Recreation with FREE ADMISSION for the kiddos! The Longmont Museum and Cultural Center is hosting hands-on games including a water game and solving the Sweet Beet Puzzle. Keep reading for more details on these activities and more.
The Coldwell Banker Story. I’ve been on a lot of listing appointments lately with spring arriving here in Boulder Colorado and included in the listing presentation are reasons why to choose Coldwell Banker. I, myself even had to ponder the reasons why to choose one brokerage company over another when becoming a real estate agent. Upon intensive research and endless appointments with recruiting office managers, I went with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage and The Troia Team. Here’s why I did and why you should as well.
The Troia Team Realtors of Boulder Colorado love Rockies baseball. Because we also love our clients, we throw a client appreication game day each year in which we provide free Rockies Tickets and a pre game party. Last year it was held on the rooftop of LoDos, serving food and beer. Then, we all headed to the game, providing free popcorn and snacks. It’s always a blast. Many of you have already participated in a game, forever loyal to your local Denver team. Read more about the Rockies season and history.