A Win-Win? Housing Inventory Down, Home Sales Up

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housing marketNational home sales and median price listings in September went up from a year ago with the home inventory down about 20 percent, according to multiple reports Thursday.

These positive signals were offset by a continued slight downward trend in home sales prices, down 3.3 percent from a year ago according to RE/MAX.

But with home sales up, RE/MAX CEO Margaret Kelly said the hope is that sales price will follow. Of the 53 markets surveyed by the company, 17 saw yearly sales price increases, including Detroit (13.4 percent), Miami (8.4 percent) and Orlando, Fla. (7.8 percent).
Home sales nationally went up 7.6 percent from September 2010 with increases in 44 of 53 markets, including Des Moines, Iowa, (31.3 percent) and Minneapolis (30.1 percent).

Single-family home, condo, townhouse and co-op inventory was down 3.27 percent from August and down 20.09 percent from September last year, according to Realtor.com.

This year-over-year decrease could mean a return to seasonal patterns and higher prices in the coming months, though markets are still fragile and could weaken in bad economic conditions.

Read the full story at Housingwire.

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A Win-Win? Housing Inventory Down, Home Sales Up

Location: Las Vegas, Nev.
Price: $199,900
Beds/Baths: 5/4
Sq. Ft.: 4,233

Situated in a city whose real estate recovery is gaining steam, this 5-bedroom offers luxury features like a balcony and three-car garage.

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The expansive insides contain an elegant staircase with banisters bearing intricate designs. 

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Location: Colorado Springs, Colo. 
Price: $175,000
Beds/Baths: 4/3
Sq. Ft.: 2,395

Boasting multiple decks that reach out from both stories, this home, built of wood and stone, offers details like custom woodwork, porthole windows, stylish blends of color and exposed beams. 

You need to see photos of the home to really appreciate these intricacies. 

The interior boasts hardwood floors and furnishing of a minimalist flavor. 

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Location: Orlando, Fla.
Price: $189,000
Beds/Baths: 5/5
Sq. Ft.: 2,823

This contemporary sits in the gated community of Avalon Lakes, which is close to nearby beaches. Special features include three master suites, a gourmet kitchen and an "executive pool." 

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The interior boasts details including wood cabinets, a granite counter and a tile backsplash. The home's community offers amenities such as a fitness center, tennis courts and basketball courts. 

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Location: Novi, Mich. 
Price: $202,000
Beds/Baths: 3/3
Sq. Ft.: 2,711

Sited on a generous lot, this foreclosed home is selling at a reduced price. Highlights include granite counters and slate flooring. 

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Gleaming hardwood floors and fresh-looking finishes give the place a new-start feel. 

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Location: Henderson, Nev. 
Price:v $235,000
Beds/Baths: 4/3
Sq. Ft.: 2,736

This home commands mountain views from its fifth-of-an-acre lot. The interior offers fine finishes, including crown molding and cherry cabinetry. 

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The kitchen (pictured here) contains new cherry cabinetry and Italian tile. 

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Location: Detroit, Mich. 
Price: $199,000
Beds/Baths: 5/4
Sq. Ft.: 5,479

Only in Detroit can you get so much for so little. This manor looms over a tree-dotted boulevard and features interior flourishes, including hand-painted ceilings, hand-carved marble and hardwood floors. 

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The elaborate Victorian decor imbues the interior with a stately feel.

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Location: Little Rock, Ariz.
Price: $165,000
Beds/Baths: 3/2
Sq. Ft.: 1,394

This brick single-story is running further below the national median home price, which hovers around $200,000, than other homes in our gallery. But it's a notable mention: The home offers a big living area, wood-burning stove and large eat-in kitchen. 

Learn more about this charming home by viewing the listing. 

The place has a rustic feel to it, with its well-kept, tulip-dotted yard, charming porch and wood-burning stove. The home's interior departs from its staid exterior, serving up a cheery color scheme. 

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Location: Orlando, Fla. 
Price: $225,000
Beds/Baths: 5/3
Sq. Ft.: 3,160

It's not often you get a pool and lakefront property for just $225,000, but this charming home delivers you just that, along with five bedrooms (three with walk-in closets), three bathrooms and a multi-faceted kitchen.

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Pictured here is the home's glass-covered pool, overlooking its much larger and naturally-occurring inspiration. 

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Location: Lewiston, Maine
Price: $225,000
Beds/Baths: 4/2
Sq. Ft.: 2,234

Nestled into a wooded lot but still close to Lewiston's vibrant shopping scene, this barnlike home exudes rustic charm and delivers ample space.

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The home boasts a great room, fireplace, chef's kitchen and sunporch among other features. 

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Location: Los Angeles, Calif. 
Price: $184,000
Beds/Baths: 6/2
Sq. Ft.: 2,180

This home brings you quite a few bedrooms for just $184,000 -- six to be exact. While the listing photos show that the space is fairly cluttered at the moment, there's still an ample supply of it.

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Ceramic tile flooring and wall-to-wall carpeting are some interior features of the home. 

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