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Real Estate Market Update Aug 1, 2011 by Sharon Stevens of For Buyers Only Realty of St Augustine, Exclusive Buyers Agent
Last week's most positive note came with Pending Sales of Existing Homes, UP 2.4% for June. This was especially gratifying coming on the heels of the 8.2% gain for May. These figures bode well for Existing Home Sales a few months out. New Home Sales did not fare quite as well. Sales of new single-family homes fell 1% for June, coming in at a very modest 312,000 annual rate. But the months' supply of new homes dropped to 6.3, as inventories declined by 3,000 to their lowest level since 1963. The $235,200 median price was UP 7.2% over last year, while the $269,000 average price registered a 4.8% annual gain. And the S&P/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 1% in May, with gains in 16 of the cities.
Bonds were down at the beginning of the week, but picked up after the debt ceiling shenanigans and anemic GDP reading ignited a flight to safety in bonds. With prices heading north, the FNMA 4.0% bond we watch ended the week up .96, at $101.18. Once again, national average mortgage rates changed little for the week, remaining near their lows for the year, in Freddie Mac's weekly survey.
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