Home Prices Rise in August

Home prices rose slightly at 0.2 percent in August, slower than the 0.6 percent rise in July, according to the S&P/Case-Shiller 20-city composite index released Tuesday.

However, data through August 2014, released this week in the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, continue to show a deceleration in home price gains. The 10-City Composite gained 5.5 percent year-over-year and the 20-City 5.6 percent, both down from the 6.7 percent reported for July. The National Index gained 5.1 percent annually in August compared to 5.6 percent in July.

On a monthly basis, the National Index and Composite Indices showed a slight increase of 0.2 percent for the month of August. Detroit led the cities with the gain of 0.8 percent, followed by Dallas, Denver and Las Vegas at 0.5 percent. Gains in those cities were offset by a decline of 0.4 percent in San Francisco followed by declines of 0.1 percent in Charlotte and San Diego.

The S&P/Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price Index, which covers all nine U.S. census divisions, recorded a 5.1 percent annual gain in August 2014. The 10- and 20- City Composites posted year-over-year increases of 5.5 percent and 5.6 percent.

“The deceleration in home prices continues,” says David M. Blitzer, Chairman of the Index Committee at S&P Dow Jones Indices. “The Sun Belt region reported its worst annual returns since 2012, led by weakness in all three California cities — Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego. Despite the weaker year-over-year numbers, home prices are still showing an overall increase, as the National Index increased for its eighth consecutive month.

“The large extent of slower increases is seen in the annual figures with all 20 cities; the two composites and the national index all revealing lower numbers than last month. The 10- and 20-City Composites gained 5.5 percent and 5.6 percent annually with prices nationally rising at a slower pace of 5.1 percent. Las Vegas continues to see a sharp deceleration in their annual home prices with a 10.1 percent annual return, down just below three percent from last month. Miami is now leading the cities with a 10.5 percent year-over-year return. San Francisco, which has shown double-digit annual gains since November 2012, posted an annual return of 9.0 percent in August.

“Despite softer price data, other housing data perked up. September figures for housing starts, permits and sales of existing homes were all up. New home sales and builders’ confidence were weaker. Continued labor market gains, low interest rates and slower increases in home prices should support further improvements in housing.

As of August 2014, average home prices for the MSAs within the 10-City and 20-City Composites are back to their autumn 2004 levels. Measured from their June/July 2006 peaks, the peak-to-current decline for both Composites is approximately 16-17 percent. The recovery from the March 2012 lows is 28.8 percent and 29.5 percent for the 10-City and 20-City Composites.

All cities except Cleveland saw their annual gains decelerate. Las Vegas showed the most weakness in its year-over-year return; it went from 12.8 percent in July to 10.1 percent in August. As a result, Las Vegas lost its leadership position as it moved to second place behind Miami with a 10.5 percent year-over-year gain. San Francisco posted 9.0 percent in August, down from its double-digit return of 10.5 percent in July.

All cities except Boston and Detroit posted lower monthly returns in August compared their returns reported for July. San Francisco showed its largest decline since February 2012; it was the only city that showed a negative monthly return two months in a row from -0.3 percent in July to -0.4 percent in August.

More than 27 years of history for these data series are available, and can be accessed in full by going to www.homeprice.spdji.com.

This post has been authored by Eric Slifkin, REALTOR® serving South Florida’s Treasure Coast. You can reach me at 888-288-1765, or visit my Web site. As your resource for information on new or resale homes throughout the Treasure Coast, please be sure to contact me about any home you may find on the Web, yard sign or ad and I will research the property, arrange showings and handle all the details.

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Selling Your Home? More Are Making a Fortune from China

By John Voket

It’s no secret that the U.S. imports billions of dollars in goods and products from China. But I want anyone interested in selling their home to know that China may provide the best prospective buyers for U.S. properties going on the market.

Chinese spent $8.2 billion on U.S. properties in 2012 according to the National Association of REALTORS©.

Juwai.com recently reported that from million-dollar trophy homes to more modest condominiums, Chinese are the fastest-growing segment of property buyers. Ju Wai, which means “home overseas” in Mandarin, is the largest Chinese international property portal.

The site states that property is THE investment of choice for Chinese consumers with low performing stock markets and minimal returns from property investment within China accelerating demand for international property.

Buyers from China are bolstering housing recovery in the U.S., with Silicon Valley leading the way – and most of them are all-cash buyers who swoop in and close deals within a week according to the site.

Juwai.com noted that agents, Anina Van Alstine and Sharon Witte, who co-listed a home located a stone’s throw away from Stanford University, received more than a third of the offers as “all-cash.” (The successful buyer closed the deal within 1 week.)

Juwai said individual Chinese investors are motivated by underpriced markets, educational opportunities for their children and diversifying their investments.

Julie Tsai Law, a Silicon Valley REALTOR©, says the main reason behind Palo Alto’s strong appeal for her buyers is the educational opportunities offered. And she said he clients from China prefer to “wire the money overnight and close within five days.”

For a modest Chinese investor’s perspective, CNBC recently reported on an individual who recently bought a property in Irvine, California. He plans to move his family to the U.S. when his daughter turns 10, but in the meantime he’s making a five percent return renting the property.

This post has been authored by Eric Slifkin, REALTOR® serving South Florida’s Treasure Coast. You can reach me at 888-288-1765, or visit my Web site. As your resource for information on new or resale homes throughout the Treasure Coast, please be sure to contact me about any home you may find on the Web, yard sign or ad and I will research the property, arrange showings and handle all the details.

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The Aging Housing Stock

The American housing stock continues to age, a trend that represents an opportunity for remodelers and over the long term may signal a future increased demand for new home construction.

According to the latest data from the Department of Housing and Urban Development American Housing Survey (AHS), the median age of an owner-occupied home in the United States was 35 years old as of the 2011 survey. The median age reported in the 1985 AHS was only 23 years old.

The 2011 AHS also found that 41 percent of the owner-occupied housing stock in the U.S. was built prior to 1969. Homes built from 2000 to 2009 account for 15 percent of the owner-occupied housing stock.

The share of the housing stock at least 40 years old, 41 percent, represents a significant increase over prior years. The share in 2001 was 35 percent and only 27 percent in 1991. The share of the housing stock at least 20 years old also increased significantly over the time period.

This information is important for housing demand, as older homes are less energy-efficient than new construction and will require remodeling or replacement in the years ahead. The aging housing stock represents an opportunity for well positioned builders and developers in areas where the population is not in decline.

View this original article on the NAHB Eye on Housing blog.

This post has been authored by Eric Slifkin, REALTOR® serving South Florida’s Treasure Coast. You can reach me at 888-288-1765, or visit my Web site. As your resource for information on new or resale homes throughout the Treasure Coast, please be sure to contact me about any home you may find on the Web, yard sign or ad and I will research the property, arrange showings and handle all the details.

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A Strategic Approach to Real Estate Contracts and Deadlines

A Strategic Approach to Real Estate Contracts and Deadlines

By Keith Loria

Whether you’re buying or selling a home, adding deadlines to the real estate contract process is a tricky subject. After all, if someone makes an offer on your house, you may think they’ll go to any lengths to buy it. On the other hand, a buyer may think that just because they’re putting a bid on a house that’s been sitting on the market, their bid will be accepted regardless of what it is. That’s why many real estate agents discourage their clients from putting a deadline within the contract because when they aren’t met, it becomes a frustrating endeavor.

And what happens if you place a deadline on your offer and the seller doesn’t meet it? Are you automatically going to withdraw your bid? Probably not. Bluffs don’t play very well in the real estate game, so if you set a deadline and then no consequences come from not meeting it, you may find the rest of the negotiations going the other person’s way.

Additionally, when you place an offer that must be decided on by 9:00 p.m., this will be seen by the other party (buyer or seller) as a hard-sell. While it might seem like a good negotiating strategy on your end, it might be the exact opposite from the perspective of the other party. If you want to include deadlines like this in your offer, you must be willing to walk away if they aren’t met.

That doesn’t mean the deal can’t be worked out down the line, but if you’re not going to stand by your deadline, it’s probably better to leave them out of the equation altogether. Speediness is the essential strategy here on both sides of the transaction.

When in the midst of a seller’s market, it may make sense for a seller to set a deadline for reviewing all offers, as this will alert all interested buyers that they need to have their best offer in to compete with any other offers. This type of deadline is actually helpful because buyers can view other homes and put together a bid before the deadline, understanding that the seller isn’t going to make a decision prior to it being submitted.

For buyers, negotiation techniques typically recommend that you add a drop-dead date so that the seller can’t shop your offer or drag things out forever. This will protect you from losing out on other homes that might interest you.

If you’re making an offer in the evening, be sure to make the expiration early the next afternoon so no competing offers are likely to roll in. Have your agent express that there are other homes on your list that you’re just as happy with, that you’re ready to make an offer on. In this case, a deadline can be used to your advantage.

Contact our office today to learn more about the pros and cons associated with incorporating deadlines into real estate transactions.

This post has been authored by Eric Slifkin, REALTOR® serving South Florida’s Treasure Coast. You can reach me at 888-288-1765, or visit my Web site. As your resource for information on new or resale homes throughout the Treasure Coast, please be sure to contact me about any home you may find on the Web, yard sign or ad and I will research the property, arrange showings and handle all the details.

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Five Tips to Help Negotiate a Higher Selling Price for Your Home

Tips to Help Negotiate a Higher Selling Price for Your Home

By John Voket

These days, with shortages in pre-owned home inventories across many communities, it’s a seller’s market. With that in mind, a recent post from Wisconsin’s Dan Miller of madcitydreamhomes.com caught my eye.

Miller believes with the right negotiating strategy, there’s no reason why a home seller and his or her Realtor® can’t arrive at a final price that is markedly higher than the list price.

To that end, here is a sampling from Miller’s Tips for Negotiating the Highest Possible Selling Price:

— Be helpful and easy to work with. Buyers are generally open to negotiating with someone whom they perceive as helpful and likeable.

— Proactively and openly communicate with all buyer agents who have showings to date. Your agent’s job is to encourage as many people as possible to write an offer,

and should let each showing agent know about the tremendous amount of interest in your listing.

— Justify a selling price that is far above the list. It’s not recent sales in the area that will establish the final selling price – in this fast-rising market sold comps are often old news. Miller says it’s the momentum of the market that’s setting the price on your home. With high demand and low inventory, several different buyers are competing for your listing. These real-time market dynamics ultimately determine the final selling price of your home, not the sold comps.

— Provide all parties with a status update when your first offer comes in. You agent should call and email each showing agent, letting them know a window they have to submit their offer.

— Finally, Miller suggests that you negotiate and accept a secondary offer once your primary is accepted. This is a great tactic for your agent to employ in the event a primary offer falls through. It also gives you a position of strength as you negotiate around the home inspection with primary. With a solid Plan B, the first buyer may choose not to quibble with you over minor issues that arise during the inspection.


This post has been authored by Eric Slifkin, REALTOR® serving South Florida’s Treasure Coast. You can reach me at 888-288-1765, or visit my Web site. As your resource for information on new or resale homes throughout the Treasure Coast, please be sure to contact me about any home you may find on the Web, yard sign or ad and I will research the property, arrange showings and handle all the details.


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Real Estate 101: Get Comfortable with Real Estate Terms

A Quick Reference Real Estate Glossary

Are you new to home buying or home selling (or getting back in the market after a really long time)? Get comfortable with real estate terms with our real estate glossary.

Below we’ve provided some simplified definitions for some commonly used (and commonly misunderstood) real estate terms.

Common Real Estate Terms & Their Definitions

Appraisal – The process of estimating or setting the market value of a piece of property, partially based on an analysis of comparable sales of similar homes in the area. An appraisal usually takes the form of a written report. Appraisals are usually required during the mortgage loan approval process.

Closing Costs – For buyers, closing costs consist of expenses that must be paid in addition to the purchase price of the home, like… For sellers, closing costs include expenses that will be deducted from the proceeds of the sale, like…

Commission – Compensation paid to real estate professionals for services rendered in connection with the sale or exchange of real property.

Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) – An in-depth analysis of nearby comparable home sales done by a real estate agent to estimate a home’s market value, usually performed to help select the most appropriate sale price.

Contingencies – Conditions written into a real estate contract that specify that the contract will cease to exist in the event of certain conditions. Contingencies, like requiring an acceptable property inspection report within a certain time period, must be met for a contract to be legally binding and carried out as written.

Contract – An oral or written agreement between competent parties who agree to perform or refrain from performing a certain thing. In real estate there are many different types of contracts, including listings, contracts of sale, options, mortgages, assignments, leases, deeds, escrow agreements, and loan commitments, among others.

Deed – A written, legal document that conveys or transfers property.

Escrow – The process in which an item of value, money or documents is deposited with and held by a trusted third party to be delivered upon the fulfilment of a condition. For example, the earnest money deposit is put into escrow the transaction is closed, at which time it is delivered to the seller.

Foreclosure – The process of taking possession of a mortgaged property as a result of a failure to keep up with timely mortgage payments. This can involve a forced sale of the property at public auction after which the proceeds of the sale are applied to the mortgage debt.

Home Inspection – A thorough inspection by a qualified professional who evaluates the structural and mechanical condition of a home. A home inspector may assess the condition of a property’s roof, foundation, heating and cooling systems, plumbing, electrical work, water and sewage and some fire and safety issues. In addition, the home inspector will look for evidence of issues that may affect the value of the property.

Homeowner’s Insurance – An insurance policy that combines personal liability insurance and hazard insurance coverage for a dwelling and its contents, often required by mortgage lenders.

Lien – A legal claim against the property as a result of a debt that must be paid off when the property is sold.

Mortgage – A legal document that specifies a temporary, conditional pledge of a property to the lender/creditor as security for the repayment of a debt, in this case a home loan.

Pre-approval – Pre-approval is a loosely used lending term that usually implies that a buyer has already talked to a lender. The lender has, in turn, checked the buyer’s credit history and income to determine that they will be able to get a loan up to a certain amount. The pre-approval helps a buyer find a home within their price range and submit a strong offer.

Short Sale – A short sale occurs when a property is sold at a moderate loss, as an alternative to foreclosure. The home is listed at a price lower than the amount owed on the mortgage. Buying a short sale home can require approvals from multiple lenders.

Title – A legal document evidencing a person’s right to or ownership of a property. A title report, often done by a title insurance company after an offer has been accepted, will show the history of the title as well as applicable encumbrances such as easements or liens.


As always, I am here to answer questions or help with your real estate transaction. Why not give me a call at 772-288-1765?


Authored by Eric Slifkin

Keller Williams Realty


Creating Curb Appeal: 6 Ways to Improve Your Home’s First Impression

Creating Curb Appeal: 6 Ways to Improve Your Home’s First Impression

Market InsiderYou’ve probably heard the old saying, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” That’s true in life, and it’s true in real estate. If you’re in the process of selling your home…  Read More

Authored by Eric Slifkin

Source: StuartHomeSearch.com

Just Sold: Golf Home In Monarch Country Club


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2159 SW Bradford Place

Palm City, FL 34990

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms : 3 (3 full)

List Price: $437,000

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Susanne SabreSold by Susanne Sabre, Monarch Specialist

Susanne Sabre is the newest member of Eric Slifkin’s Real Estate Team at Keller Williams Realty of the Treasure Coast. Susanne lists and sells homes in Monarch and the surrounding areas of Palm City, Stuart, Jensen Beach, and Hobe Sound.

A long time resident of Palm City and member of Monarch Country Club, Susanne possesses an intimate knowledge of local golf and club communities, neighborhoods and subdivisions, which is very effective in marketing homes to buyers and for sellers.

Please call or email Susanne at 772-631-7264 to discuss your wants and needs.

This well maintained and updated home features three bedrooms and three full baths plus a den or possible fourth bedroom. The open plan affords beautiful views of the pool, expansive lanai, and golf course from most rooms. The interior boasts an open floor plan with vaulted ceilings and transom windows, new Entry Point front door, expanded dining and great rooms, newer 16″ tile in the living areas, gourmet kitchen with breakfast nook, and more. Other features include accordion storm shutters, newer A/C units, 3M impact window film, and golf cart. Furnishings available separately. Optional club membership is available. Monarch is minutes to “A” rated Martin County schools, shopping, dining, I95 and Florida’s turnpike.






Listing Your Home for Sale in Stuart, FL

Listing Your Home for Sale

by Eric Slifkin, founder and team leader, the Stuart Home Search Real Estate Team

Eric Slifkin, Team Leader at StuartHomeSearch.com
Working with our Team- About Us

We are full time real estate agents in Stuart, Florida. Actually, we are much more than full time. We work early mornings, evenings, and weekends; whenever may be convenient for our clients. But being passionate about what we do, it quite often really doesn’t feel like work, so please do not hesitate to call us any time to discuss your situation.

A Win-Win Approach to Selling Your Home

Our philosophy about real estate is that we are here to help two parties (buyer and seller) find each other and complete a transaction with a minimum of stress. We are advocates for our clients. Our mission is to obtain the best possible price, terms and conditions for you- not to worry about the other parties’ preferences or feelings. That said, we find in most real estate transactions both home buyers and home sellers want to arrive at a win-win agreement, which is far more satisfying to both parties and ensures a pleasant closing experience for everyone.

As accomplished REALTORS® we are busy enough to fulfill our career goals, yet not so busy that we can’t take a personal interest in every client. Put simply, the sale of your home is as important to us as it is to you.


Our Areas of Expertise

Get a Professional Valuation  for Your Stuart Area Home now.Contrary to popular belief, real estate agents can’t be all things to all people. It is impossible for one person to be the expert in every neighborhood and every type of property in all price ranges. I believe that we are hired for our expertise and that we should serve our clients with that expertise, not the other way around. YOU, the real estate buying or selling public, do not have the responsibility or obligation to further our education or to be used as a guinea pig just so that we get a paycheck.

Therefore, I feel strongly that I and my team members should be up front with potential clients about our strengths and experience. While I feel that we are exceptional real estate agents, even in areas where we are not the “expert”, I think it’s only fair that YOU have all the information you need to make a hiring decision.

Our Service Area

We KNOW Treasure Coast neighborhoods. During my own career, I have sold homes throughout the area. Our focus is Martin County, which encompasses Stuart, Palm City, Hobe Sound, and Jensen Beach. I am especially familiar with the subdivisions of Palm City, which features some of the area’s most desirable neighborhoods. When you hire us, you hire local expertise. We won’t be driving from through several counties servicing our listings; We will be here for you.

Our Personal Professionalism

Just because you are selling your Stuart, Florida home yourself, doesn't mean your marketing has to suffer! Get your home marketed in front of millions of buyers.Representing our clients is our top priority. We are responsive to inquiries by both buyers and other agents, and will do our best to show our own buyer clients our listings first. Personally, I am respected in the real estate community as a “quality agent”, which means that other agents will be happy to show our listings to their buyers. They know that I am professional, fair and creative, which makes their job just a little easier.


I truly appreciate your business and look forward to helping make your next real estate transaction a pleasant and painless experience, and hopefully even a little fun!


Our Marketing Services

Before we go to market…

  • Market Survey- I preview competing listings to see how your home compares. I may call the agents of the sold listings I am using as comparables to see if there were any special circumstances surrounding their sale that I should know about, such as a divorce situation, structural problems, etc.
  • Professional Comprehensive Market Analysis- My market analysis is, in a word, thorough. I will show you the Current Competition and the Recent Sales and calculate the estimated proceeds you should receive at closing. I base my pricing recommendations both on closed sales and the current competition.
  • Pre-Marketing Improvement Suggestions & Assistance- I will go through your home with you to identify items that should be repaired or improved prior to market. I am a real expert in this area ~ I know what the market considers important (and what really doesn’t matter) and I can help you get the repairs done quite reasonably and painlessly. When you hire me to sell your home, you will have access to my preferred home improvement contractors.
  • Spruce-Up House Cleaning (if appropriate)- I can arrange to have your home thoroughly cleaned before going to market, and after you move out. Just let me know.
  • “What to Expect” Seller Booklet- I have created a helpful booklet describing the process of marketing your home with information such as … how to prepare for showings, what to expect when buyers look at your home, how to respond to offers, and much more.

On the Market

Your home is entered on our Regional MLS, which serves the entire Treasure Coast and Palm Beach County. Your home will be listed on the Regional MLS System (MLS) with appealing and accurate descriptions, interior pictures and a virtual tour.

  • For Sale Sign with Rider
  • Lock box
  • 7 day/week showing service
  • Open House(s)
  • Extensive Web Exposure- I invest heavily in online marketing of my listings. This marketing generates substantial traffic and e-mail inquiries, and are my third largest source of sales. All listings have a virtual tour, interior pictures and descriptive captions.
  • Virtual Tours- all of my listings have Virtual Tours that are posted to multiple real estate websites such as TCPalm.com, Zillow, Trulia, Realtor.com, Yahoo, Craigslist, Regional MLS and our own web sites. Virtual tours may consist of both still photos and panoramic “tours”, and will include pictures of every photogenic room in your home, the exterior, any view, the street scene, and the neighborhood attractions (parks, restaurants, shopping). I can post up to 50 photos on each tour!
  • 21st Century Technology- I am up to date on the latest real estate technology. I have a professional quality digital camera with a wide angle lens, so that the photos of your home will be sharp and attractive. I have a high quality laser printer that produces amazing graphics and pictures for your home brochures. I make extensive use of e-mail, and I update my web sites several times a week.

Market Survey & Market Updates

I stay on top of the market for you. I monitor the homes that have sold, and those that haven’t to ensure that we are still priced appropriately. I will provide updates to you periodically on the current market activity with:

  • New Competing Listings
  • Status of Competing Listings
  • Number of Showings
  • Number of Internet Hits
  • Feedback Reports I follow up with every buyer agent who shows your home. I will provide their feedback to you as soon as it comes in.
  • Creative Solutions/Objective Opinions As I get to know your home better, and the feedback starts coming in, I may find that the market is objecting to something that neither of us thought of. Or, I may discover special features in your home that should be showcased differently. Either way, I take great pride in my creative solutions – this is, making adjustments as we go along in response to market feedback and conditions.
  • If I see something that needs to be changed, I will tell you – whether or not I think it’s something that you want to hear. Many agents seem to assume that their clients are not open to suggestions, and I work on the assumption that that’s part of what you’re paying me for!

Contract to Closing Services

The real work begins after we’re “under contract”. There are inspections to negotiate, lenders to keep an eye on, and appraisers to be prepared for. Stringent monitoring of dates and deadlines is essential, as is a careful review of title work. We manage these processes utilizing a follow-up system that covers crucial items for every pending sale including:

  • Ordering the title commitment with distribution to all parties. If there are any problems found in the commitment, I will work with you and the buyer’s agent to resolve them.
  • Ensure that all disclosures are made properly, in a timely manner, and that all documents have signatures.
  • Review the closing figures carefully so that you get every penny that’s coming to you.
  • Place follow-up calls to the buyer’s lender and the buyer’s agent every week to ensure that the loan is progressing smoothly, and will notify you immediately if it appears the contract is in danger (in this case, I will aggressively renew full marketing).

Sometimes the most painful part of selling (and buying) a home is the inspection. If an issue arises in the inspection that needs attention, I will help negotiate the best settlement for you and assist in expediting agreed to repairs.

In our fluctuating market, appraisals can be problematic. It is not unusual to see a wide range of comparable sales for apparently similar homes, and an unprepared agent can cost her client money if she can’t justify the sales price of her listing. I am fully prepared for every appraisal, and may have already previewed any comparable sales the appraiser might use.

Selling your home will have its frustrating moments. How frustrating it is depends a lot on your real estate agent. I promise to do my best to reduce stress before, during and after the sale.

Online Marketing and Home Listing Syndication

We are a technology and social media real estate team, marketing through the Web and social media platforms. We don’t rely on door hangers, refrigerator magnets, calendars, postcards, or mailings; rather, your home is advertised on websites all across the web, making sure buyers see your home and everything it has to offer, 24/7. Here are some of the national sites where your home will appear:

Home Listing Syndication

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To get your home’s market value online for free, click here


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Young Americans Display Interest in Buying a Home This Year

Among Americans ages 18 to 34, a total of 41 percent (46 percent men and 36 percent women in that age group) display an interest in buying a home this year. Of those in this age group who display an interest, 17 percent of men and about 6 percent of women see their finances as shaky but still think they can swing buying a home this year.

Among all Americans displaying an interest in buying a home this year, 10 percent of men and 4 percent of women said their finances were shaky but still think they can swing buying a home.

Leading market research firm Harris Interactive conducted a survey online among 2,064 U.S. adults ages 18 and older from April 18-22, 2013. The survey was conducted after the federal tax filing deadline, when Americans generally have a clearer picture of their financial health. Overall, across age groups, 30 percent of Americans display an interest in buying a home during the next year.

Other interesting findings of the survey are:

• Only 20 percent of those tax filers who are separated, divorced or widowed have or had an interest in buying a home this year, which is significantly less than those who are married (31 percent) or single and never married (38 percent).

• Of those displaying an interest in buying a home this year, those in households with children under 18 years old are significantly more likely than households without to indicate they can’t afford a home this year (24 percent versus 14 percent, respectively). However, they are also twice as likely as those without to indicate that, after seeing their taxes, they know their finances are stressed but still believe they can manage buying a home this year (11 percent and 5 percent, respectively).

Source: www.dhltd.com

This post has been authored by Eric Slifkin, REALTOR® serving South Florida’s Treasure Coast. You can reach me at 888-288-1765, or visit my Web site. As your resource for information on new or resale homes throughout the Treasure Coast, please be sure to contact me about any home you may find on the Web, yard sign or ad and I will research the property, arrange showings and handle all the details.

Reprinted with permission from RISMedia. ©2013. All rights reserved.