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Housing Market’s ‘Normal’ State Difficult to Gauge

Housing Market’s ‘Normal’ State Difficult to Gauge - (MCT)—This might be the year in which U.S. housing markets return to normal, judging by real estate industry statements and predictions. But what exactly is “normal” in housing, and how close are local markets to that standard? One way to measure “normal” is to consider home sales, which totaled 5.09 million in 2013, according to […] [RisMedia Consumer News]

Ready to Move? 9 Tips for Stress Free Packing

If you're getting ready to move into a new house, the idea of packing might already have you cringing.

But follow these easy tips for a step-by-step, stressless move and have more time to enjoy your new home!

What's Ahead For 2014 Housing Market

The housing recovery hit high gear in 2013 with bigger than expected price gains and solid home sales. This year isn't likely to be as exciting. Rising mortgage interest rates will price out some potential buyers. Instead of double-digit price gains, look for single-digit ones, economists say, while existing home sales remain at last year's level.

Sound boring? "You want boring in the housing market," says Svenja Gudell, Zillow director of economic research.

Here's what's ahead for:

U.S. Home Values Seen Gaining Most Since ’05, Zillow Says

U.S. homes gained $1.9 trillion in total value this year, the biggest jump since 2005, as the real estate market rebounded from the recession, Zillow Inc. (Z) said.

At the end of 2013, the housing stock will be worth about $25.7 trillion, Zillow said today in a statement. U.S. homes as a whole lost $6.3 trillion in value from 2007 through 2011 and have recovered 44 percent of that, according to the Seattle-based property-data firm.

Report: Homes Selling Faster Than Previous Year

Nationwide, homes listed for sale on Zillow were selling at a rapid clip, to the tune of a month faster in September than a year ago, according to a new analysis.