Existing home sales jump 12%

We’ve previously linked to articles discussing Denver Foreclosures and Denver Short Sales. All of the local data shows the beginning of an improved Denver Housing market. So when I came across this article discussing the improving national real estate market, I wanted to pass it on.

Clients always ask me when the housing market will pick up again. I always say that I can’t predict anything, but I do know that by the time the media will report a market turn-around, they will be at least 6 months late.

From CNNMoney.com: Existing home sales jump 12%

 NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Sales of existing homes jumped in December, marking the fifth month of gains in the past six months, based on an industry report released Thursday.

Previously-owned home sales climbed 12.3% in December to an annual rate of 5.28 million, from 4.70 million in November, according to the National Association of Realtors.

 That puts sales at the highest level since the homebuyer tax credit expired in June, said Stuart Hoffman, chief economist at PNC Financial Services Group.

The December rate came in much higher than expected. A consensus of experts surveyed by Briefing.com had forecast an annualized sales rate of 4.8 million. However, sales were down 2.9% from 12 months earlier and fell 4.7% in 2010.

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