Maria Cerda

Realty Associates

5430 Oriole St
Houston, TX 77017



Phone: (832) 971-3523 
Fax: (713) 644-6374

Housing Trends

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Pending Home Sales Record Fourth Straight Monthly Gain

Washington, July 01, 2009 - Pending home sales show a sustained uptrend, rising for four consecutive months with very favorable housing affordability and a first-time buyer tax credit boosting activity, according to the National Association of Realtors®. More...


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May Existing-Home Sales Continue Rising Trend

Washington, June 23, 2009 Sales of existing homes showed another gain in May, benefiting from favorable affordability conditions and a first-time buyer tax credit, according to the National Association of Realtors®. May’s increase was the first back-to-back monthly gain since September 2005. More...
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National housing indicators

Existing home sales ()

4.77 million units*

Existing home median price ()

$173,000

Housing Starts ()

532,000 units*

New home sales ()

352,000 units*

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

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Home ownership

1st Qtr 09

67.3%

1st Qtr 08

67.8%

The homeownership rate (67.3 percent) for the current quarter was lower than the rate in first quarter 2008 (67.8 percent), but not statistically different from the rate in fourth quarter 2008 (67.5 percent).

New home sales

May 09

-0.6%

Apr 09

+2.7%

Sales of new one-family houses in May 2009 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 342,000. This is 0.6% below the revised April 2009 estimate of 344,000.

Source: U.S. CENSUS BUREAU

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Maria Cerda

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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These homes have come down in price, but are still out of reach for most of us. Eight figures just gets you on the top pricey home list. Take a look at some current listings worldwide. More...

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While your home is on the market, you’re probably focused on finding a buyer and getting the highest possible sales price. Unfortunately, you should also keep your personal safety in mind. While crimes at properties for sale are rare, they do occur. As a homeowner, you should also take steps to increase your safety while your home is for sale. More...

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House, Condo, Duplex? You Decide What’s Best for You

When you think of buying a home of your own, what do you picture? Many people conjure up an image of a detached, singlefamily house. There’s a yard in front and back, perhaps a fence around the property. That may be a great situation for a lot of folks, but there are other options out there – other types of properties you can call your own. Depending on your situation and goals, you may find something other than a singlefamily house makes the most sense for you. More... Read more

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Camping – a Fun Activity for the Whole Family

Adults and children alike benefit from getting outside and connecting with the outside world. So trade screen time for green time, and head to a nearby state or national campground for an old-fashioned campout! More...

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