Robin Kitzmiller

Realm Real Estate Professional

3934 FM 1960 West, Ste 102
Houston, TX 77068


Cell: 713-248-7403   
Phone: 713-248-7403 
Fax: (888) 290-6113

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Existing-Home Sales Slide 2.5 Percent in April

WASHINGTON (May 24, 2018) — After moving upward for two straight months, existing-home sales retreated in April on both a monthly and annualized basis, according to the National Association of Realtors®. All four major regions saw no gain in sales activity last month.





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Home-Buying Frenzy Sets a Record as California Loses Its Grip on Hottest Markets

As the home-buying season enters its most frenetic period, the pace of sales set new records in May, according to an analysis of realtor.com® data for the month. That's not all: Listing prices also continued to set records. However, in the end of a historic run, the majority of the hottest markets in the country are no longer in California.





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National housing indicators

Existing home sales (April)

5.46 millions units*

Existing home median price (April)

$257,900

Housing Starts (April)

1.287 millions units*

New home sales (March)

0.662 millions units*

*Seasonally adjusted annual rate. Source: NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.

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Home ownership

4th Quarter 2017

64.2%

1st Quarter 2018

64.2%

The homeownership rate of 64.2 percent was not statistically different from the rate in the first quarter 2017 (63.6 percent) and virtually unchanged from the rate in the fourth quarter 2017 (64.2 percent).

New home sales

March 2018

4.0%

April 2018

-1.5%

Sales of new single-family houses in April 2018 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 662,000, according to estimates released jointly today by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. This is 1.5 percent (±11.8 percent)* below the revised March rate of 672,000, but is 11.6 percent (±23.7 percent)* above the April 2017 estimate of 593,000.

Source: U.S. CENSUS BUREAU

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Click on the links below to view data from two different industry sources. Choose information on local prices & state sales from any of 178 metropolitan housing markets prepared by the National Association of REALTORS® or information on sales & price activity from local area markets in 25 states prepared by Clarus MarketMetrics.

Robin Kitzmiller

Home Ownership matters…to people, to communities, and to America. Why? • For every two homes sold, one job is created in the U.S. • Each purchase generates as much as $60,000 in economic activity over time. Read more

Buying is now cheaper than renting in 74 percent of the nation’s largest cities. Low home prices and “rock-bottom” interest rates as well as tax advantages of homeownership are the reasons why it’s now cheaper to BUY a 2-bdrm home than to rent one. Check out this CNN Money article with the details. Read more

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