Read an article in today’s ORLANDO SENTINEL that Orlando home prices have continued to improve for 13th straight months.
Resale prices for Orlando-area homes ticked up yet again last month, as buyers came closer to paying sellers’ asking prices than at any time since February 2007, when the housing bubble was about to burst.
The median price for July sales reported by members of the Orlando Regional Realtor Association edged up to $125,750 from $125,000 in June; the midpoint price is now up 16.4 percent for the year, with year-over-year increases for 13 consecutive months.
A year ago, the median price was $115,500.
“What I find encouraging for the state of Orlando’s housing market is the jump in the percentage of ‘normal’ sales, which is up 16.34 percent for July 2012,” said Stephen Baker, chairman of the local association. “The percentages of foreclosures sales and short sales are both down, which along with the decline in inventory indicates that the ocean of these sales types is drying to a puddle.”
The area is nearing the point at which conventional sales would once again define the market. In July, more than 48 percent of sales in the core Orlando market (mainly Orange and Seminole counties) were normal, up from 42 percent a year ago; short sales comprised 28 percent of the overall mix, while foreclosures constituted 24 percent.
The average buyer paid 96.1 percent of the seller’s asking price, which is the smallest discount home buyers have received in more than five years. And the median time it took to sell a house – 82 days – is the shortest turnaround period since April 2010.
Another indication, from today’s Associated Press, that the US property market may have hit bottom:
U.S. home builder confidence at five-year-high in August
LOS ANGELES – U.S. home builders grew more confident in the housing recovery in August, as many reported that prospects for sales are the best they’ve been since the home bubble burst five years ago.
The U.S. National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index released Wednesday rose two points this month to 37, up from 35 in July. That’s the highest reading since March 2007.
The index, which is based on responses from 478 builders, has been trending higher since October and only dipped once since January. That suggests a turnaround in housing is solidifying after years of stagnation.
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