Category Archives: Residential

Existing Home Sales Increase Year-Over-Year for the Third Consecutive Month – Median Price Now Up 34 Consecutive Months Year-Over-Year

December existing home sales hit the 5+ million seasonally adjusted annualized sales rate (SAAR) for the sixth time in the past seven months as reported by the National Association of Realtors® (NAR). Sales were up 3.5 percent in December 2014 when compared to the same month a year earlier. Sequentially, sales were up 2.4 percent …Read more

Another Top-10 List — The Hottest Residential Markets

Things change. And they always will. Period. What was hot at one time may be cool at another. And Vice-versa. That encompasses from coffee to iced tea to real estate markets. From a residential real estate perspective, the relative performance of a local market is a function of current supply and demand relationships and expectations …Read more

Another Top-10 List — Most Expensive Apartment Markets

Stewart’s headquarters is located in the Galleria area of Houston. This past year from my office window I watched an upscale residential mid-rise structure go up. To my surprise, it is an apartment development rather than condominiums. The asking rent for a one bedroom apartment ranges from $2,124 to $2,824 per month for 847 to …Read more

A Few Metrics of Professionals Selling Houses

Regardless of the profession, bandied about is the 80-20 rule in which 20 percent of the people do 80 percent of the business. This also is an often-claimed metric among real estate professionals selling houses. But is it true or just a wild guess at how the residential sales market actually performs? To answer this, …Read more

Best Holiday Discounts on Housing

As we head into peak holiday sales season at the cash register, people are looking for the best deals possible. The same is true in the housing market. To find the biggest discounts, so-to-speak, Zillow used two metrics to find the best “Sale” on housing. The first is the largest price cuts as a percentage …Read more