HAPPY SPRING FROM THE BALLEN GROUP AND WEKERLE FAMILY
By: Lori Ballen
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BUYERS READY TO SNATCH BARGAINS THIS SPRING
Bargain prices on housing combined with low interest rates below 5 percent may bring the real estate market its busiest spring season in years, economists say.
Distressed sales continue to put downward pressure on home prices, which may lure more buyers off the fence and ready to snag a deal during the typical prime-time buying season.
Some builders are ramping up discounts on new homes as well as boosting commissions to brokers to try to spark more transactions.
Sellers of existing-homes also are getting more competitive in pricing their homes.
"After three years of the housing downturn, people are becoming much more realistic in terms of valuing their homes," says Lawrence Yun, chief economist at the National Association of REALTORS®.
An improved job market with better income potential may also motivate more people to buy, says David Berson of the PMI Group.
"Household formations are also very important," Berson says. "Kids may have moved back in with their parents, or two people may have moved in together, because of job concerns. Now they can move into their own place."
While interest rates are sitting comfortably below 5 percent for now (30-year fixed rates averaged 4.76 percent last week), economists warn the attractive low rates won't last long.
"Few think mortgage rates are going lower," says Mark Zandi, Moody's Analytics chief economist. "It's more likely they will be 6 percent than 4 percent next spring. This lights a fire under buyers."
Source: "Discounts Expected in Spring Housing Market," The Wall Street Journal (March 22, 2011)
The chart above compares first quarter sales by Short Sales, Bank Owned and Traditional for 2010 and 2011 sales. The first quarter sales do not indicate a significant market change.
The chart above indicates a small difference between first quarter of 2010 and 2011 for new listings, but does not indicate a significant change in the market.
The median sales price for the first quarter continues to demonstrate a slow decline in the market value of single family homes. The single family values did fluctuate during 2010; Up and Down. We expect simular results during 2011.
The median list price mirrors the median sales price in that the 2011 numbers are slightly lower than the 2010 median list prices.
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February Pending Home Sales Rise
Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, says it's important to look at the broader trend. "Month-to-month movements can be instructive, but in this uneven recovery it's important to look at the longer term performance," he said. "Pending home sales have trended up very nicely since bottoming out last June, even with periodic monthly declines. Contract activity is now 20 percent above the low point immediately following expiration of the home buyer tax credit."
10 Tips to Improve Your Vehicle's Fuel Economy
By Jerry Hirsch
RISMEDIA, March 17, 2011
With the price of regular unleaded gasoline topping $4 a gallon, auto information websites TrueCar.com and AutomMD.com have come out with a simple guide to get more mileage from your vehicle.
1. Drive more smoothly: Be gentle with your gas pedal and your brakes. There's no reason to speed up to a red light just to slam on the brakes. Aggressive driving will lower your gas mileage.
2. Slow down: Most vehicles get the best fuel efficiency at 45-55 miles per hour. Driving more than 60 mph can cut fuel efficiency 7-23%.
3. Reduce idling: Turn off your engine if you're waiting for more than 20 seconds. Idling wastes more gas than turning off your engine and restarting it.
4. Use lower-grade fuel:Regular unleaded fuel won't hurt most vehicles even if premium unleaded fuel is required. Unless your engine starts to knock or ping when using a lower-grade fuel, stick to regular.
5. Remove excess weight: An extra 100 pounds sitting in the trunk or back seat can reduce fuel economy as much as 2%.
6. Turn on the ventilator and turn off the air conditioning:The most efficient way to cool your car is with the air that comes in through your flow-through ventilator. Air conditioning or open windows make your vehicle less fuel-efficient (because of the drag). Driving fast with the windows open can burn more fuel than the air conditioner.
7. Replace or tighten the gas cap: Fuel evaporates through gas caps with broken or weak seals, potentially reducing your car's gas mileage by 2%.
8. Keep the tires inflated: Tires that are improperly inflated have a higher rolling resistance, which reduces efficiency. Keeping tires at the proper pressure can improve gas mileage by as much as 3.3%.
9. Change the oil: Energy-conserving or synthetic motor oil can reduce engine friction, improving efficiency as much as 2%.
10. Replace the spark plugs:Misfiring spark plugs can reduce fuel efficiency as much as 30%.
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