From the monthly archives:

December 2009

The Return Of Consumer Confidence In Housing

December 30, 2009
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American consumers are feeling somewhat confident going into the new year. A key measure of consumer confidence rose in December. The Conference Board said today its confidence index rose for the second straight month. But the research group also noted the overall index is still at historically low levels. Meanwhile, the S&P Case Shiller home […]

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Three Indicators Give Encouraging Signs For U.S. Economy

December 30, 2009
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The United States has received a triple-dose of encouraging news on consumer confidence, business hiring, and home prices that suggests a fledgling economic recovery is gaining traction. Emerging from the deepest and longest recession since World War II, Americans’ confidence in their nation’s economy continues to rebound. The New York-based Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index […]

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ZipRealty Breaks Down The Major Housing Stories Of 2009

December 30, 2009
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Foreclosures were the driving force behind the roller coaster year for U.S. real estate in 2009. With banks controlling many home listings, fewer homes coming on the market, and government intervention, foreclosures played a large part in shaping the housing market this year – both good and bad. Leading online real estate brokerage ZipRealty has […]

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Bay Area Home Prices Rise From Previous Month

December 30, 2009
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Home values in the San Francisco metropolitan area increased modestly in October, bucking a national trend in which spring and summer price gains trailed off, according to an authoritative housing report. Single-family home prices in the San Francisco area increased 1.2 percent in October compared with September, according to the Case-Shiller/S&P Home Price Index. San […]

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Decline Slows In Dallas-Fort Worth Area Home Prices

December 30, 2009
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Dallas-Fort Worth home prices were down by just a whisker in the latest gauge of the U.S. housing market. D-FW home prices fell 0.6 percent in October from a year earlier in the Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller Home Price Index released Tuesday. The dip in local home prices was half the size of the decline reported […]

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Denver-Area Home Prices Drop The Least Of 20 Cities Surveyed

December 30, 2009
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Denver-area home prices fared the best in a 20-city survey released Tuesday, falling just 0.1 percent in October compared with the same month last year. Home prices nationwide declined an average of 7.3 percent in October compared with a year ago, according to the Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller Home Price Index. It’s the smallest year-over-year decline […]

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Case-Shiller Points To Winter Chill, But Not Housing Doom

December 29, 2009
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The improvement in the U.S. housing market slowed in October, but that doesn’t mean that housing is poised for another downturn. The S&P Case-Shiller 20-city home-price index put year-over-year housing price declines at 7.3% year-over-year and only seven cities posted month-to-month gains compared with 19 in September. This comes after a solid summer for housing, […]

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A Look At Case-Shiller, By Metro Area (December Update)

December 29, 2009
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The S&P/Case-Shiller 20-city home-price index, a closely watched gauge of U.S. home prices, rose a seasonally adjusted 0.4% in October from September. But it was flat on an unadjusted basis as the monthly gains seen earlier in the year faded. The index declined 7.3% from a year earlier. For the 19th straight month, no area […]

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Phoenix Home Prices Gain 1.3% From Sept. To Oct.

December 29, 2009
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Home prices in the Phoenix market moved up 1.3 percent in October from September, the largest gain on the 20-city Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller Home Price Index. That follows an 0.8 percent gain from August to September. But prices are down 18.1 percent from last October, the second largest drop, behind only Las Vegas at 26.6 […]

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Why The 2010s Will Be Better Than The 2000s

December 29, 2009
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Financially, the decade of the 2000s was one that most people would probably like to forget. Things are about as bad now as they’ve been in a while but that doesn’t mean there isn’t reason for optimism. Our government has said that the recession that’s been affecting us for the last two years ended this […]

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