Atlanta Home Prices Show Signs of Bottoming

Atlanta’s housing market has been getting battered in recent months. At a time when home prices are starting to rise in many parts of the country, they are still significantly depressed in the Atlanta metro area. But that may be starting to change. After many months of plummeting values, we are starting to see a glimmer of stability. A recent report showed 2.3% appreciation — the first positive numbers in a long time.

San Jose Real Estate and Rental Report, Featuring HUD Data

In San Jose, California, there are fewer distressed (foreclosure prone) homeowners than there were a year ago. Sales prices for new and existing homes have declined. Condos currently account for a large portion of sales activity in the area. And rental units are harder to come by. These are just a few of the housing bits and pieces contained in a recent government report on the San Jose housing market.

Charlotte Real Estate Market Shows Strength, Rising Prices

After a period of depreciation, the Charlotte, North Carolina housing market has finally moved into the black. At least, in terms of year-over-year price changes. The local economy has a lot to do with this. The unemployment rate in the Charlotte metro area has greatly improved over the last year or so. Additionally, home buyers and investors are beginning to sense that price have hit bottom already, and are set to rise.

NAHB Wants to Protect Homeowners From Illegal Wood, via the Lacey Act

Do you have wood floors in your home? Do you know where the wood came from? If you’re like most homeowners, you don’t know the source of the material. But if it’s the byproduct of an illegal logging operation, your home could seized by the government. In theory, anyway. The National Association of Home Builders wants Congress to amend the Lacey Act to offer legal protection in such cases.