Larry Toombs

Realty Associates

1406 Stone Hollow Ste.800
Houston, TX 77339


Cell: 281 358-8553   
Phone: (281) 358-8553 
Fax: (281) 817-7506

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Existing-Home Sales Decline in November, but Strong Price Gains Continue

WASHINGTON (December 19, 2013) – Existing-home sales fell in November, although median prices continue to show strong year-over-year growth, according to the National Association of Realtors®. Read more

Housing Equity 2013

With the end of 2013 closing in, it is time to take stock of the impact from the strong 2013 housing market. Home price growth was robust in 2013 compared to 2012 and is currently forecast by NAR Research to finish the year 11.3% stronger.
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National housing indicators

Existing home sales ()

4.90*

Existing home median price ()

$196,300

Housing Starts ()

1091000*

New home sales ()

444000*

*Seasonally adjusted annual rate. Source: NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.

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Home ownership

3rd Qtr 2012

65.5%

3rd Qtr 2013

65.3%

The homeownership rate in the third quarter 2013 was 65.3 percent, down 0.2 (+/- 0.4)* percentage points from the third quarter 2012 rate of 65.5 percent. The homeownership rates in the Northeast, Midwest, South, and West were not statistically different from the rates a year ago.

New home sales

September 2013

-6.6%

October 2013

+25.4%

Sales of new single-family houses in October 2013 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 444,000. This is 25.4 percent (+/- 19.2%) above the September 2013 estimate of 354,000.

Source: U.S. CENSUS BUREAU

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Larry Toombs

Home Ownership matters…to people, to communities, and to America. Why? • For every two homes sold, one job is created in the U.S. • Each purchase generates as much as $60,000 in economic activity over time. Read more

Buying is now cheaper than renting in 74 percent of the nation’s largest cities. Low home prices and “rock-bottom” interest rates as well as tax advantages of homeownership are the reasons why it’s now cheaper to BUY a 2-bdrm home than to rent one. Check out this CNN Money article with the details. Read more

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Boost Your Credit Score to Buy a Home

Promises of loans for bad credit borrowers, while common amid the housing boom in the early 2000s, are now rare. If you’re interested in buying a home today, know that lenders will carefully check your credit and will rarely approve a loan for someone with seriously bad credit.


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Odd Moving Tips That Really Work

You’ve got the basics — cardboard boxes, newspaper, the phone number of a pizza place so you can feed the friends helping you move all your worldly goods. But do you have enough socks for the stemware?

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How Much Mortgage Can I Afford?

When you buy a home, the amount you can spend depends on how much you have in cash to use for a down payment and how much you can borrow. A mortgage lender can prequalify you for a loan, which essentially means the lender will ask you a few questions about your income, credit profile and debt, and give you an estimate of what you can borrow based on those facts. Read more

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Experts Predict 2014 Housing Market

The U.S. real estate market made a robust comeback in 2013, surpassing expectations of many economists, as the combination of low inventories and historically low interest rates caused home prices to rise and even helped fuel bidding wars in some markets, surpassing the expectations of many economists. While positive trends, such as increasing home values, are expected to continue into 2014, mortgage rates are also expected to rise in the coming year and could put a damper on home buyers’ abilities to afford new homes.
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2014 Remodeling Trends

Home remodeling may have taken a backseat during the recession, but not anymore. According to a 2013 Hanley Wood survey, remodeling sales were up 10 percent compared to 2012, and 45 percent of remodelers surveyed expected another 10 percent growth in 2014. Read more

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