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Orange County California Market Time Report - 04/17/08
Market Time Report:  First Time Home Buyers are Back
April 17, 2008
Current housing demand continues to outpace last year and the reemergence of first time home buyers is a major factor.  If you listen to or read all the recent reports regarding "sold" statistics for March, one would quickly come to the conclusion that the real estate market is continuing to sputter along at a slow pace.  However, this could not be further from the truth.  Sold activity is a snapshot of the past, about a month and a half in the past to be precise.  So, March "sold" statistics are really a snapshot of the second half of January through the first half of February.  The market did improve during that time but was still extremely anemic as demand, a snapshot of the prior 30 days of escrow activity, grew from 989 escrows in mid-January to 1,630 escrows in mid-February, a gain of 641 escrows.  Since then demand has continuously grown to its current height of 2,374 escrows.  Last year at this time demand was at 1,925 escrows, 449 fewer than today.  This recent escrow activity will translate to sold data reported in the months to come.  The big story will ... more

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