INFO THAT HITS US WHERE WE LIVE…The famous President’s sage advice from a century ago is still the appropriate approach to today’s housing market. In the midst of all the media noise, it’s always good to check what we do have and where we really are. For example, the Census Bureau reported that although the median sale price of new homes in October was down 15% over the last five years, it’s actually up 26% over the last ten. More evidence that housing still is a good investment over the long term.

A recent economic forecast from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) reportsexisting home sales are expected to grow by 1.2% this year and 5.1% in 2012.And although the median existing home price is predicted to dip about 4% this year, it should recover and go UP 2.6% in 2012. Sales should also jump to 5.22 million units from this year’s projected 4.97 million.