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Housing Trend Report Tracks Gains in List Prices, Inventories

Realtor.com released its National Housing Trend Report for the month of June 2013, revealing significant gains in several major market indicators. Statistics showed a significant jump in both year-over-year median list prices and month-over-month inventories in pivotal California markets (with raises of over 20 percent and over 40 percent respectively). Nationwide, the median list price was up 5.27 percent year-over-year. In addition, June's inventories were 4.26 percent more than those in May.

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What Soaring Confidence? Builders Cut Back in June

Despite soaring builder confidence, new housing permits and starts fell in June, with new construction falling to the lowest level in 10 months, the Census Bureau and HUD reported Wednesday. The seasonally adjusted annual rate of new housing permits tumbled 7.5 percent--the largest month-over-month decline since January 2011--while starts fell 9.9 percent, the second-largest drop since February 2011. Builders completed homes at an annual adjusted pace of 755,000 in June, 6.3 percent more than May.

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Rising Rates, Inventory Drive Down Buyer Competition

While summer temperatures are now consistently rising into the triple digits in many parts of the country, bidding wars for homes continue to cool, Redfin said in its Real-Time Bidding Wars report for June. Nationally, the percentage of offers written by Redfin agents that faced multiple bids fell for the third straight month to 68.6 percent, down from 69.5 percent in May and 75.7 percent in March. Redfin analyst Ellen Haberle attributed the continued decline to rising mortgage interest rates and an easing in the inventory crunch.

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Price Gains Stay on Fast Track in May

Home prices continue to see significant gains as inventory limits buyers, CoreLogic said in its latest Home Price Index (HPI) report. The index rose 12.2 percent (including distressed sales) year-over-year in May, once again marking the biggest annual increase since 2006. Excluding distressed sales, prices were up 11.6 percent over May 2012. Looking at the top 100 core-based statistical areas (CBSAs) measured by population, 97 showed year-over-year gains in May, CoreLogic reported--up from 94 in April.

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May Home Sales Keep Up Pace in Southeast

According to a survey conducted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, a huge majority of brokers in the region observed an increase in sales in May, with 40 percent saying numbers were up "slightly" over last year and another 44 percent saying sales were up "significantly." Builders also indicated sales were stronger than last year, with 38 percent reporting slight increases and 33 reporting significant improvements. However, builders noted that sales growth had slowed from April.

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