Thanks to abnormally low mortgage interest rates, home sellers had an extremely favorable "seller's market" for the last few years. That means there were more qualified home buyers in the market than there were homes available for sale. Homes often sold in just a few days or weeks. Typical home sale prices appreciated 10 percent or more annually for the last few years in many communities. Since 2000, the average U.S. home has doubled in market value, according to the National Association of Realtors. Purchase Bob Bruss reports online. But the 2006 home sales market pace has rapidly slowed down in most communities, mostly due to rising mortgage interest rates, according to home industry economists. The volume of home sales is down. But home sales prices are holding steady in most communities. The result for this year's peak spring home sales season appears to be a "buyer's market." That means there are more houses and condominiums available for sale than there are qualified home buyers...
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