Median home prices remained relatively the same in the most recent reports, despite home price reduction levels continuing to increase. Industry insiders are looking for signs of stabilization and finding good news and bad news on the same day, but all signs pointing to the housing crisis continuing.
Perhaps the Obama administration’s goal to help struggling homeowners will help, but while 2010 looks better than 2009, signs point to a continued struggle.
According to the National Association of Realtors, the median price of single family homes rose 1.5% in the second quarter to $176,900. NAR’s Chief Economist, Lawrence Yun noted that the gains were expected, “All year we’ve been seeing relatively flat national home prices, which appear to be supported by market fundamentals,” he said. “We don’t expect any consequential movement in home prices for the foreseeable future.”
According to Trulia.com, 25% of home listings on the market as of August 1st have had at least one price reduction for the fourth month in a row of increased price reductions. The average discount remained at 10% off of the original listing price.
“With one out of every four homes experiencing at least one price reduction, sellers are feeling no relief this summer, in a market climate of fewer qualified buyers and widespread uncertainty about the job market. If buyers are unqualified to buy, it doesn’t matter how low interest rates are or how discounted a home is,” says Pete Flint, co-founder and CEO of Trulia.