March MLS Sales StatisticsThe March 2012 MLS statistics will be released on Tuesday morning, andhere are some quick takeaways:• March sales of single-family homes rose 7.8 percent versus one yearearlier, with homes continuing to sell quickly enough to keep housinginventory at its lowest level since December 2008.• March marked the tenth consecutive month of increased sales.• The March single-family home average price rose 5.7 percent year-over-year to $227,270, the highest level for a March in Houston and only fewdollars shy of the all-time high reached in June 2008.• The median price climbed 7.8 percent to $161,750, also a record high fora March in Houston.• For more detailed information, please visit www.har.com/newsroom/ forthis release and all other news releases.
Tempo or Fusion? It’s Your ChoiceThere has been some confusion since the recent introduction of the Fusion MLSplatform, that it has replaced Tempo. This is not true.• HAR plans to continue supporting both the Tempo and Fusion MLS platforms forthe foreseeable future and, to be clear, no decision has been made to turn offTempo.• For those of you who enjoy using Tempo, you may continue to do so and are notrequired to switch systems.• Tempo has provided a dependable, easy-to-use platform for more than a decade.However, it requires elements unique to Internet Explorer and, as a result, does notwork on other browsers, MACs or iPads.• This inherent limitation ensures that Tempo will not be around forever, but it willNOT be turned off without sufficient, advanced notice and not until there is viableproduct solution that scales across multiple browsers and mobile devices, includingthe iPad.• Read more about this on HAR Connect: http://bit.ly/H7TxGx
Weekly HAR Market StatJust as negative economic news sent a chill through the housing industry over thelast several years, a newly confident consumer buying up excess inventory andfurther housing-related sundries helps stabilize and support home values. Somesellers are even starting to see rising prices. The numbers are beginning to reflect thefact that multiple offers on homes for sale are now more than anecdotal conversationbetween real estate professionals. In the Houston region, for the week ending April 8: • New Listings decreased 14.3% to 2,272 • Pending Sales increased 23.6% to 1,578 • Closed Sales decreased 9.8% to 777
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