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Jul 27, 2017

Housing market ‘steady Eddie’ in Rochester

The housing market in Rochester remains steady with increased sales of new homes, home building in demand, and low mortgage rates, officials said Thursday. But 2017 has presented some challenges to home building—mainly weather. “We’re status quo,” said Rick Herman, CEO of the Rochester Home Builders’ Association. “The homebuilding industry is active right now, we’re […]

Apr 18, 2014

Housing market should pick up as weather breaks

The weather is a major factor behind a sluggish first quarter of 2014 in the housing market and the final quarter of 2013, but sales are expected to pick up soon with the year finishing slightly ahead of 2013. “As we say in the real estate business, it’s location, location, location, but with the new […]

Mar 5, 2013

US home prices rose by most in nearly 7 years

WASHINGTON — U.S. home prices jumped in January, a sign the housing market is gaining momentum as it nears the spring selling season. Home prices rose 9.7 percent in January from a year ago, according to data released Tuesday by CoreLogic. That’s up from an 8.3 percent increase in December and the biggest annual gain […]

Oct 22, 2012

Realtors expect housing market to keep improving

Increased consumer confidence is showing up in the housing market where sales and the number of new building permits are increasing. Home sales are up for the fifth consecutive quarter, according to Stephen J. Babbitt, president of the Greater Rochester Association of Realtors, who released third-quarter results Friday. The number of quarterly closings increased 7 […]

Oct 15, 2012

Poll: Economists foresee weak but improving growth

CHICAGO — Economists foresee only tepid growth for the coming year, with unemployment back above 8 percent for the first half of 2013. The good news: The housing market is recovering faster than expected and the economy likely won’t fall off a “fiscal cliff.” The quarterly survey by the National Association for Business Economists released […]

Oct 11, 2012

Fed: Housing lifts growth in most U.S. regions

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Stronger housing markets helped boost economic growth at the end of the summer in nearly every region of the United States, according to a Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday. The Fed said growth improved in 10 of its 12 regional banking districts from mid-August through September, while leveling off in one region […]

Jul 20, 2012

Housing market banking on growing consumer confidence

Housing sales are down locally, but statistics show owning a home continues to be a good investment. Figures for the second quarter of 2012, which ended June 30, were released Friday by Genesee Region Real Estate Information Services, the information subsidiary of the Greater Rochester Association of Realtors. Transactions for the quarter showed a 25 […]

Jun 26, 2012

Home prices rise in nearly all major US cities

WASHINGTON — Home prices rose in nearly all major U.S. cities in April from March, further evidence of a housing market that is slowly improving even while the job market slumps. The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller home price index released Tuesday showed increases in 19 of the 20 cities tracked. That’s the second straight month that […]

Apr 22, 2012

First quarter home sale numbers up

The housing market’s recovery may have stalled, nationally (according to the National Association of Realtors), but Rochester area Realtors, builders and mortgage bankers reported noticeably stronger housing numbers for the first quarter of 2012 in the Genesee Region. Unusually warm weather, improving employment figures and a revised Home Affordable Refinance Program are some of the […]

Jan 18, 2012

Growing interest leaves homebuilders less gloomy

WASHINGTON — U.S. homebuilders are growing a little less pessimistic about the depressed housing market after seeing more people say they might be open to buying a home this year. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index rose four points to 25 in January. That’s the highest level since June 2007. Even […]

Dec 23, 2011

New home sales up in November

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans bought slightly more new homes in November, but 2011 will likely end up as the worst year for sales in history. The Commerce Department says new-home sales rose 1.6 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 315,000. That’s less than half the 700,000 new homes that economists say […]

Sep 27, 2011

Spring buying boosts US home prices for 4th month

WASHINGTON — Home prices rose for a fourth straight month in most major U.S. cities in July, buoyed by the peak buying season. But the housing market remains depressed, and prices are expected to decline in the coming months.

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