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Market Update

Here is a quick market update provided by Brad Arendt with PrimeLending- More good news! Are you going to wish you had, or be glad you did?

INFO THAT HITS US WHERE WE LIVE The Pending Home Sales Index recovered from its November slump, increasing 1.0% in December, putting it 10.9% over its level of a year ago. National Association of Realtors chief economist Lawrence Yun sees "...a broad improvement over year-ago levels. December activity was the fifth-highest monthly tally in two years." The slump was attributed to the rush before November to grab the tax credit set to expire at the end of that month.

We now know the tax credit was extended to buyers who can sign a contract by April 30 and close on the home by June 30. It's also been expanded, adding a $6500 credit for repeat buyers to the $8,000 credit for first timers. The NAR's Yun estimates 2.4 million households should take advantage of the credit this year.

The NAR also released their adjusted overall outlook for this year and next. They estimate existing home sales will grow from 5.19 million in 2009 to 5.66 million in 2010 and 5.7 million in 2011. They see new home sales growing from 375,000 in 2009 to 446,000 in 2010 and 637,000 in 2011. They believe prices have bottomed, projecting a 3.4% hike in the median price for existing homes to $179,800 this year and then a 4.3% rise to $187,500 in 2011. New homes should go up 3.7% this year to a $221,300 median price and then 4.7% in 2011 to $231,700.

Tryon Road Realignment Petition

Visit this link to sign a petition in regards to the realignment of Tryon Road. The road is in desperate need of repair and improvement. It will be a huge benefit to those traveling between Raleigh, Cary and Garner. Click below to learn more.


Baseball Season

I drove by Shaw University yesterday in downtown Raleigh. Had my windows cracked and heard the musical PING from the batting cage. I got chills. I can't wait for baseball season. Hockey is fine, College Basketball is fun too. NBA Basketball...some days. But baseball season- its my favorite. Hope to see you at some games this year...


The Future of Housing Demand: 4 Key Demographic Trends

Great article on the future of housing from US News and World Report


The age of the suburb is over, and America’s great reurbanization lies ahead, expert says
Posted: February 1, 2010

Demographic shifts and changing values will increase demand for pedestrian-friendly, mixed-use communities in both urban and suburban settings, according to John McIlwain of the Urban Land Institute. "The age of suburbanization and growing homeownership is over," McIlwain said in a recent report, "Housing in America: The Next Decade." "The coming decades will be the time of the great reurbanization as 24/7 central cities grow and suburbs around the country are redeveloped with new or revived walkable suburban town centers." This transition will be fueled by the growth of two-person households, an end to baby boomers' suburban infatuation, and public policies designed to stimulate compact development. In his report, McIlwain points to four key demographic trends to watch going forward:

1. Older baby boomers (ages 55 to 64): McIlwain divides the traditional baby boom generation into two subgroups, with the older group comprising roughly 26 million Americans. Today, many older baby boomers are stuck in their suburban properties because of the real estate bust, which has put them underwater—owing more on their mortgage than the property is worth. But McIlwain says that older baby boomers who can sell their homes aren't necessarily following the road maps of previous generations. "Those that can move are no longer flocking to the Sun Belt, choosing instead to move closer to their children and, more importantly, their grandchildren," McIlwain says.

Noting that they are healthier than their parents' generation, McIlwain predicts that older baby boomers will likely defer transitioning into retirement communities for at least a decade, thereby limiting demand for such facilities. They will instead prefer to purchase condominiums in the "mixed-age and mixed-use communities" of more urbanized settings. "Walkable, urbanized suburban town centers will see an influx of aging boomers," McIlwain says. He points to town centers in Bethesda, Md., and Reston, Va., as examples. "Once the boomers can sell their homes and buy condos, these centers will thrive during the decade ahead."

2. Younger baby boomers (ages 46 to 54): There are roughly 52 million Americans in what McIlwain considers the younger baby boom generation. Although they are now entering their peak earning years, younger baby boomers have significant housing market headaches in front of them. On top of the phenomenon of negative equity, many will have a tough time locating buyers for their suburban homes. "The older boomers sold their suburban homes to the larger population of younger boomers looking to move up," McIlwain says. "The younger boomers now have the much smaller generation X, now in their late thirties to mid-forties, to sell to." This development will work to restrict demand for many suburban houses going forward.

Meanwhile, although younger baby boomers are at the perfect stage in their lives to buy second homes, the housing bust and economic recession have undercut their ability to do so. "Most younger boomers will be unable to afford a second home because of diminished earnings, tight credit, and the lack of equity in their first home on which to draw for a down payment on their second," McIlwain says. "Only those second home markets that appeal to the wealthiest will remain strong, though there may be opportunities for lower-cost but well-designed, smaller second homes."

3. Generation Y (late teens to early 30s): The real estate bust has had a significant impact on how generation Y's 83 million Americans view homeownership. As they watch millions of Americans lose their homes to foreclosure, the allure of buying real estate has become less powerful, McIlwain said. "They will be renters by necessity and by choice rather than homeowners for years ahead," he says. "They have lost the confidence of prior generations that homeownership is a way to develop wealth." At the same time, many members of generation Y prefer urban settings to the suburbs they were raised in. "They want to be close to each other, to services, to places to meet and to work, and they would rather walk than drive," McIlwain says. "They say they are willing to live in a smaller space in order to be able to afford this lifestyle."

4. Immigrants: There are roughly 40 million foreign-born people living legally or illegally in the United States today, and this demographic is expected to grow swiftly in the coming years. McIlwain notes that immigrant populations tend to cluster together. "These clusters have moved from the central cities where they tended to gather in the past to the inner suburbs over the last two decades," he says. Housing demand from immigrants may one day flow to the larger suburban homes that are expected to face downward pricing pressure in the coming years. "The reduced prices of these homes and their larger size … make them an attractive option for larger immigrant families, though prices will have to drop considerably for this to happen," McIlwain says.


Busy Bee Workie Workie

I just realized that I have not written on this blog in quite sometime. We have officially launched Go Realty and things are moving FAST! Don't let anyone tell you the Triangle market is down. I have seen more activity in the past few weeks than in the past few months! Here is a quick update:

I have a couple new listings (be sure to check out the links on the right, there are more coming soon). These are all great houses!! I am lucky to be working with such wonderful people.

Our "month o' fun" is going so well. A month of grand opening parties for Go Realty is exhausting and magical all at the same time. I am blown away by the support and I am amazed at the power of collective belief.

On top of all that, I am headed to the International Builder Show next week in Las Vegas. I will be around some of the greatest minds in the housing industry for 5 days. Its a great way to hone my skills and learn whats REALLY happening out there.

Stay tuned, big things to come in 2010!!!!