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Real Estate Today 8-24-2012

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5 Ways to Spot a Home with Hidden Potential
Trulia | August 23, 2012
Remember metal detectors? When I was a kid, they were all the rage, holding the emotional rush of a game with the a potential real-life treasure chest at the end.

Half of Homeowners Under 40 Are Still Underwater
The New York Times | August 23, 2012
The less time you’ve been in your home, the more likely you’ve accumulated little equity and seen the value of your property fall since 2005.

Short Sales vs Foreclosures: The Banks’ Preference
The KCM Blog | August 23, 2012
For months now, we have been letting everyone know that banks were going to begin shifting their focus when liquidating distressed properties. They would start supporting short sales over foreclosures. There is no longer any doubt this is now the new normal.

New Home Sales Up 3.6% in July, Matching Two-year High
The Los Angeles Times | August 23, 2012
Sales of new single-family homes rose to a seasonally adjusted annual level of 372,000 units in July, matching a more than two-year high for total sales, the Census Bureau said.

US Home Prices Make Big Quarterly Jump
FOX Business | August 23, 2012
Home prices rose 1.8% in the April-June period compared with the first quarter of the year, the Federal Housing Finance Agency said Thursday.

Some States Rank High on ‘Housing Misery’ Index
REALTOR Mag | August 23, 2012
Are some housing markets still suffering from the blues? Trulia’s Housing Misery Index takes into account the percentage of change in home prices from a state’s peak during the last decade compared to today as well as the percentage of mortgages that are either severely delinquent or in foreclosure.

Household Income Drops Sharply
The Washington Post | August 23, 2012
Inflation-adjusted median family income fell to $50,964, below where it stood before the recession.

Lost Decade for Shrinking Middle Class
The Wall Street Journal | August 22, 2012
The middle class — defined as households with between two-thirds and double the nation’s median income — has shrunk considerably over the past few decades, a decline that has been greatly exacerbated by the recession and housing bust.

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