5 signs real estate markets are improving

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We're in the midst of spring selling season and mixed among all the negative news about unemployment and the worrisome news from overseas there are signs that the real estate market has begun taking its first tentative steps to recovery. Could the horrible housing recession that we have been experiencing since 2007 finally be coming to an end? The answer depends upon your local market; however, there are a number of national trends that bode well for almost everyone. 1. Price increases lag behind inventory declines According to the S&P/Case-Shiller National Composite, an index of national home prices, housing prices peaked for the nation as a whole during the second quarter of 2006. But prices continued to increase in some housing markets in 2006 and 2007. Normally, inventory increases result in decreasing prices. In some areas, it took almost a full two years after the inventory started to climb before the prices began to decline. It appears that in many areas, the e...