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Category Archives: Home Buyer Tax Credits
As they have for several months, home prices continued to gain in July, but at a slowing rate, according to the closely watched S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index in its latest, September report(see chart, which is seasonally unadjusted). On a seasonally adjusted basis, the composite index of … Continue reading
Broadly, across the country, home prices improved modestly in the Second Quarter of 2010. This was true against both the previous quarter, and against the same quarter a year ago. So stated the S&P/Case Shiller Home Price Index, in its latest, June report. Continue reading
July’s abrupt drop in existing-home sales produced a wave of concern in the media and in Washington. Talk was rife of a double-dip, housing recession. In truth, the news was neither bad nor unexpected. Hopes had simply been unrealistic. Proponents … Continue reading
For July, existing-home sales in the Boston area plunged 39.2% from the previous month, far exceeding the record 27.2% drop reported nationally by the National Association of Realtors. The cause of the disparity was not immediately apparent. For the year, July sales were down 29.0% in the Boston area, but that was consistent with the Northeast region as a whole. Continue reading
The tax credit certainly worked as intended to bolster home sales. Existing and new home sales, inventories and housing starts all showed big improvements in March and April — all the categories, that is, except home prices, which continued their month-to-month decline in most of the country. Continue reading
A newsletter arrived in my in-box, today, with these manic pronouncements: The week ended on the most dramatically impressive new home sales numbers in 47 years. March’s 26.9% increase was the biggest monthly sales gain since 1963, taking us to … Continue reading
Under the revised terms for tax credit eligibility, a home buyer must enter into a binding sales contract by April 30, and close on the sale no later than June 30, 2010. These deadlines apply to both first-time and repeat buyers. Why, you might ask, are the deadlines so early? Continue reading