Record-setting demand, more inventory, easier lending conditions and low interest rates are signaling that the housing market will be strong this year.
Most states require home sellers to reveal major defects about a home to potential buyers, like a leaky roof, broken appliance or cracked foundation. These are considered “material facts” that must be disclosed to a buyer before the deal is closed. And in some states, those disclosure laws go so far as to include a death in the home.
With gas prices low and consumer confidence at the highest reported level in seven years, there was a lot to be cheery about heading into the holiday home-buying season. However, positive consumer sentiment did not translate into more real estate transactions last month as the number of homes sold plunged 21 percent in November versus October and was down 5 percent from this time last year.