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Redfin: Prices, Sales, Inventory All Climb in April

Redfin's monthly report--based on home prices, sales, and inventory across 19 U.S. markets--shows prices rose 4.9 percent in April on a monthly basis and 16.1 percent on a yearly basis. Out of the 19 metros measured in Redfin's report, 18 reported month-over-month increases in April. "The housing market across the nation was hot again in April. Yes, home prices are up. But the big story in this month's report is that inventory posted its largest month-over-month increase in over three years," wrote Redfin blogger Tim Ellis.

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Inventory Shortage Hinders Growth in Home Tours

A shortage of homes on the market hamstrung home touring activity in April, but buyers still seem determined to get their offers in, according to Redfin. The brokerage's Real-Time Demand Pulse--a monthly analysis of tour and offer activity from homebuyers across 20 U.S. markets--shows tour requests and signed offers posted stronger monthly gains in April than they did at the same time last year. However, a lack of available homes "softened touring strength somewhat."

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Redfin: Sellers Showing More Faith in Market

According to responses collected by Redfin, 45 percent of sellers believe now is a good time to sell, up from just 22 percent in the first quarter and 15 percent in last year's fourth quarter. At the same time, 44 percent say now is a good time buy, down from 54 percent last quarter. Having survived the slower cold season, homeowners were also a little more optimistic about future home price increases. Seventy percent of those surveyed expect prices will rise "a little" in their area in the next year, while 15 percent anticipate prices will rise "a lot."

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Redfin: Buyers Not Driven Off by Low Inventory

While inventory shortage has created myriad problems for buyers, they're apparently undeterred from their home searches, according to data from Redfin. The brokerage's Real-Time Demand Pulse for April (which examines March data) shows strong monthly gains in the number of Redfin customers touring homes and in the number of signed offers being made, indicating potential pickups in April and May sales. Redfin analyst Tim Ellis noted the struggle to find new listings "only seems to be strengthening the resolve of today's buyers."

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Survey: Agents More Optimistic About Housing as Market Shifts

Real estate agents are showing heightened optimism for housing as the market continues its swing toward sellers, Redfin observed in its latest Real-Time Agent Survey. According to brokerage's findings, the number of agents saying now is a good time to buy plummeted from 75 percent in Q3 2012 to just 57 percent in Q1 2013. At the same time, the number of agents saying now is a bad time to buy rose slightly, though the percentage is still low--5 percent in Q1 2013 compared to 2 percent in Q3 2012.

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