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The dream lives …

I just picked this up from CRS Member Connect and found it very interesting given the pace and tone of news about U.S. housing and homeownership over the past year or so:

U.S. Homeownership Rate Holds Steady
“The U.S. homeownership rate held steady at 67.2 percent at the end of the fourth quarter of 2009, slightly lower than the 67.6 percent rate posted in the third quarter, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.”

Of course, the nature of the housing market is that downturns (and tax credits) attract new buyers, even as many other home owners are struggling through short sales and foreclosures, or just accepting smaller net proceeds than they had expected, so it really shouldn’t be surprising that almost as many people own homes now as did before the downturn.  Supply, demand, and pricing adjust to keep the market moving.  That’s not what many national news stories would leave consumers to believe, however.

We are absolutely not out of the woods nationally, but most analysts remain optimistic about continued gains in 2010, albeit small ones.  Meanwhile, the American dream of homeownership is alive and well!

About Bill Morris, Realtor

More than thirty years of business experience (high tech, client service, business organization and start-up, including many years in real estate) tell me that service is the key to success and I look forward to serving you. I represent both buyers and sellers throughout the Austin metropolitan area, which means first-hand market knowledge is brought to bear on serving your needs: -- Seller Representation is a comprehensive process that begins with thorough market analysis and consultation, continues with properly staging the home to achieve the highest price possible in a reasonable time on market, a complete program of marketing and promotion, ongoing updates and communication, closing coordination, and follow-up throughout (and after) the sale. -- Buyer Representation is also full service: shopping, previewing, price and market consultation, contracting, negotiating, coordination of inspections, appraisals, repairs, and closing details, and follow-up beyond the closing of your purchase to ensure your lasting satisfaction. Because the real estate industry is becoming more sophisticated and challenging every day, you need a professional that understands the industry and is positioned to stay ahead of the game. I go the extra mile to help you achieve your goals. That's why I constantly research the market and property values so your home is priced effectively from day one. I also make sure the public knows your home is for sale by using innovative advertising and marketing techniques to attract potential buyers.


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