2011 is off to a bang with a lot of real estate activity – the spring market has sprung early!   To help you get in the mood for buying or selling real estate, or just to keep up with what’s going on, check out the Housing Trends eNewsletter for January.   Please let me know if you have any questions you need answered.

JANUARY – 2011 Newsletter Housing Trends eNewsletter

Welcome to the most current Housing Trends eNewsletter. This eNewsletter is specially designed for you, with national and local housing information that you may find useful whether you™re in the market for a home, thinking about selling your home, or just interested in homeowner issues in general.

The Housing Trends eNewsletter contains the latest information from the National Association of REALTORS ®, the U.S. Census Bureau and Realtor.org reports, videos, key market indicators and real estate sales statistics, a video message by a nationally recognized economist, maps, mortgage rates and calculators, consumer articles, plus local neighborhood information and more. Please click here to view the JANUARY – 2011 Newsletter Housing Trends eNewsletter.

If you are interested in determining the value of your home, click the Home Evaluator link for a free evaluation report.

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With existing home sales up 7.6% nationally, as motivated sellers try to beat the winter clock, what does that mean for buyers?   Renters, is now a good time for you to buy?   Check out this month’s video for great information!

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Even in these uncertain times, some good news on the real estate front – according to the National Association of Realtors, the latest data shows pending home sales, nationally, rose 5.2%.   The midwest had a gain of 4.1%.   Does the increased buying activity mean that average home prices are on the rise?   Watch the October “This Month in Real Estate” video to learn more!

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CA, FL and AZ lead the nation in number of foreclosures for the 1st half of 2010, yet we have plenty of them in IL, and they will be around for several years.   While the market corrects, foreclosures present a great opportunity for a second or vacation home or for an investment property.   If you are ready to buy, check out this month’s video!

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Great time to buy a home!   Check out why in this month’s video…

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The national rate of foreclosures dropped year over year in April 2010, according to Realty Trac.   Perhaps one reason is the use of Short Sales to complete transactions, instead of sellers  losing their homes to foreclosure.   Find out why a short sale may be a better option for sellers and a good opportunity for buyers in this month’s video.

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The Homebuyer Tax Credit deadline was April 30, 2010.   Did  the credit  help to increase home sales in the first quarter of 2010?   Find out in this video!

A recent Business Week article indicated that America’s economic recovery may be strong enough to encourage homeownership, even without the tax credit.

So, how can sellers ensure their house sells?   Check out the video for tips!

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Hope it’s a sunny day for this open house Sunday from 1-3 pm!   39W240 Meadowview Ct., St. Charles, IL.   Beautiful home and lot, great neighborhood, just minutes to Randall Road shopping and downtown St. Charles and schools.   I’ll be there anyway!

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The National Association of Home Builders tells us the trend in America for average home sizes is to get smaller, in large part due to the fastest-growing Baby Boomer (55+ year old)  demographic downsizing.   Check out the video for interesting info!

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Are you happy?  Based  on how Americans  feel about their  health, jobs, and access to basic goods and services, this recent Gallup Healthways polls of 350,000 people found the top 10 major metropolitan areas for happy citizens.

Is home ownership affordable in these top-ranked areas?   Find out in this month’s video!

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