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Kim Butler

Partners for Prosperity, Inc.

City:Mt. Enterprise

State: TX

I have 20+ years of handling alternative investments in cash, growth and income for clients nationwide.  I strive to help my clients with all things financial in every way possible over the phone and the web.  I own an alpaca farm which I enjoy working during my downtime.  I also enjoy gardening, writing and reading books.  I also train other advisors on Prosperity Economics.

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Real Estate Market Trends: Prices Gain Nearly 11 Percent

Home prices rose by nearly 11 percent over the past year. Learn more about this and other real estate market trends.

| BY Adriana Reyneri

Home prices across the nation’s largest 20 largest metropolitan areas posted their largest annual gain in seven years, rising 10.9 in the first quarter of 2013, compared to the same period last year, according to the latest real estate market trends reported today by Case-Shiller Home Price Indices.

The largest yearly increases were seen in Phoenix (22.5 percent), San Francisco (22.2 percent) and Las Vegas (20.6 percent), said David M. Blitzer Chairman of the Index Committee at S&P Dow Jones Indices, said in a statement analyzing the latest real estate market trends. The slowest – yet still substantial - gains were seen in New York (2.6 percent), Cleveland (4.8 percent) and Boston (6.7 percent).

Additional indicators, including housing starts, new permits, and new and existing home sales, add to the growing evidence that the housing market is healing, but other real estate market trends indicate the recovery has a ways to go, Blitzer said. “The larger than usual share of multi-family housing, a large number of homes still in some stage of foreclosure and buying-to-rent by investors suggest that the housing recovery is not complete,” he said.

Townhomes account for an increasing share of the existing market, as well as new housing activity, according to a blog on the latest real estate market trends published today by the National Association of Home Builders, a trade association based in Washington, D.C. 

Construction began on 15,000 new townhomes in the first quarter of 2013, up from 10,000 in the first quarter of 2012, according to the association. Over the same period, the market share of town homes rose from 10.4 percent to 12.7 percent.

The townhome market share peaked at 14.6 percent in the first quarter of 2008, according to the association, which expects real estate market trends for townhomes to remain “positive given large numbers of homebuyers looking for medium density residential neighborhoods, such as urban villages that offer walkable environments and other amenities.”