We awoke today to some signs that maybe the housing market is beginning to inch its way back, although the housing stimulus credit expiring in April and the cloudy unemployment picture could prove spoilsports to any significant recovery in 2010. Therefore, although we believe many thousands of couples have the equity to fuel their dreams of a home in a warm weather community, and should consider doing so, we would not advise rushing right out and buying because of one day’s worth of good news.
If you purchased a big allocation of shares of Lennar Corp.’s stock the other day, however, you
Home prices in a number of popular southern towns have stopped wobbling, at least for now. In Charleston, for example, preliminary figures for December indicate median prices increased from $170,000 in November to $193,500 last month, a number just $3,000 shy of the median price in December 08. Average prices were $291,000 last month, $228,000 the month before and $259,000 in December 08. Those impressive comparisons were based on the sales of 541 homes last month compared with 560 in December a year earlier. (Source: Charleston Real Estate Blog).
According to an Asheville, NC, online source, prices in that popular
In the charming town of Aiken, SC, selling prices have appreciated a total of 33% over the last five years. Median sales prices in the three months from September through November, according to the web site Trulia.com, increased nearly 6% compared with the previous three months. Prices year over year, however, were down 7.7%.
The average listing price for Aiken homes for sale, according to Trulia.com, was $336,145 for the week ending December 30, which represents an increase of 0.7%, or $2,237, compared to the prior week and an increase of 3.4%, or $11,193, compared to the week ending Dec 2009.In my hometown area of Hartford, CT, the local paper’s headline this morning was that “Home Sales Increase(d) 10.6%,” but for those who want to sell their homes and move south, the devil is in the details inside the story. Home prices in 2009 dropped 7.3%, although the November to December decrease was less than 1%. Still, for Hartford area folks and other northerners considering a move to the coast, mountains or inland areas of the south, the glass remains half empty and the encouragement here is not to be piggy about a selling price if you have equity in your home and year round dreams of golf dancing in your head.