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That House You Bought 10 Years Ago Is Worth Exactly The Same Now As It Was Then

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The chart below shows the median price for existing homes, which is down 3.7 percent year-over-year to $158,000. Some interesting things to note about this:

1) While existing home sales increased 2.7 percent, the percent of home sales which were distressed rose to 37 percent, an incredible amount if you stop to think about it.
2) Also, 32 percent of the existing home sales transactions were for cash.
3) Oh, and if you were thinking that the housing bubble collapse has exterminated all speculative activity in the housing market, consider that 23 percent of all sales went to buyers classified as "investors."
4) Finally, while the inventory of existing homes available declined to a little less than 8 months' worth at the current pace of sales, if you factor in the high percentage of distressed sales along with the fact that the National Realtors' Survey doesn't account for inventory listed by banks and private agents... well, you can see where this is headed.

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