Kim Story

Story Real Estate

303 E. Milam
Mexia, TX 76667

Cell: 903-388-8826   
Phone: 254-562-6617 
Fax: 254-562-6977

Housing Trends

April 2015

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Existing-Home Sales Spike in March

WASHINGTON (April 22, 2015)—Existing-home sales jumped in March to their highest annual rate in 18 months, while unsold inventory showed needed improvement, according to the National Association of Realtors®. Led by the Midwest, all major regions experienced strong sales gains in March and are above their year-over-year sales pace.

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Luxury Home Hotspots

Wealthy buyers typically look to leisure-rich hotspots such as Hawaii and Florida for second homes, which they often buy into once they retire. But that’s changing, according to 2015 Luxury Market Report from the Coldwell Banker Previews International program.

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National housing indicators

Existing home sales ()

5.19 million units*

Existing home median price ()


Housing Starts ()

9.26 millions units*

New home sales ()

5.39 millions units*

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

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Home ownership

1st Qtr 2015


1st Qtr 2014


The homeownership rate in the first quarter 2015 was 63.7 percent, down 1.1 (+/- 0.4) percentage points from the first quarter 2014 rate of 64.8 percent. The homeownership rates in the Northeast, South and West were lower than the rates in the first quarter 2014, while the rate in the Midwest was not statistically different from the rate a year ago.

New home sales

March 2015


February 2015


Sales of new single-family houses in March 2015 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 481,000. This is 11.4 percent (+/- 18.6%)* below the revised February 2015 estimate of 543,000.


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