HOW GOOD IS THIS NEWS?
December showed a surprising 6.5% jump in home sales. The south has a current 13% gain in pending home sales. Total number of homes for sale on the market nationwide dropped nearly 18% last month to the lowest level since May 2007. NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun said the jump up reflects “buyers responding to lower home prices and interest rates” that have improved the affordability equation to its most favorable level in 39 years. Are we at the “bottom”? It certainly appears we are headed there, if not yet there.