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Stats and Housing Data as of 10/22/08

Housing Pain Gauge: Nearly 1 in 6 Owners 'Under Water'
About 75.5 million U.S. households own the homes they live in. After a housing slump that has pushed values down 30% in some areas, roughly 12 million households, or 16%, owe more than their homes are worth, according to Moody's Economy.com.

24 million households who own their homes free and clear, and 40 million whose homes remain worth more than is owed on them.

Within metro areas, neighborhoods with short commutes are holding up better than others. And in many parts of Texas and North Carolina, home prices have continued to rise slowly, have leveled off or have declined only modestly.

50% of Sales are foreclosures in Southern CA
A total of 20,497 new and resale houses and condos closed escrow in the six-county Southland in September, up 5.8 percent from 19,366 in August and up 64.6 percent from 12,455 in September 2007, according to San Diego-based MDA DataQuick, a real estate information service.

Downturn Continues
What’s more, the downturn in the real estate market is only expected to continue or remain stagnant for sometime to come. Data continues to come out that sheds light on a drawn out downturn, especially for single-family homes.

Jobs and More Jobs
The No. 1 thing that drives housing values is incomes, said Todd Sinai, an associate professor of real estate at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. “When incomes fall, demand for housing falls.

U.S. Pending Home Resales Rise 7.4% as Prices Drop
The index of pending home resales rose 7.4 percent, the most since October 2001, after falling 2.7 percent in July, the National Association of Realtors said today in Washington. The increase is the fourth so far this year.

Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2009
Urban Land Institute and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP that's based on interviews with more than 600 real estate experts, including investors, developers, lenders and real estate brokers.

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