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    Durham Real Estate Market

    April 22, 2010 // Comments Off

    Durham, North Carolina
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    The Durham real estate market is in a complicated situation – key indicators seem to indicate that the market is recovering, but the lingering effects of the recession continue to plague some hard-hit areas in the North Carolina City. According to an April 7, 2010 article in the News Observer, “Foreclosure filings in the Triangle slowed some in March but total filings for the first three months are still up 56 percent compared to the same period last year. Filings in Durham, Johnston, Orange, and Wake counties totaled 2,386 through the first three months of 2010, the N.C. Administrative Office of the Courts reports.” The piece continued to state that “Triangle filings have been up 72 percent compared to last year through the first two months. The four-county region accounted for 14 percent of the 17,552 foreclosure filings in North Carolina through the first three months of the year.”

    This gradual recovery for Durham real estate, along with some concerted government relief efforts, however, has not been enough for some families. According to an April 11, 2010 article in the Charlotte Observer, “Recent changes to the federal foreclosure-prevention program were billed as helping the unemployed, but in the long run, they actually make it harder for people without jobs to keep their homes.” The piece, composed by Stella M. Hopkins, continued to note that “When the new rules go into effect, unemployment benefits will no longer count as income for determining whether a person qualifies for a long-term reduction in their mortgage payments. So for people with no income other than unemployment, there will be no loan modifications – the chief tool for preventing foreclosure.”

    Some other North Carolina markets, which are in many ways similar to Durham homes for sale, have been seeing an increase in recent sales volume, according to an April 14, 2010 article in the Tidewater News. This piece, written by Gwen Albers, found that “Sales of existing homes in the Isle of Wight and Southampton counties and City of Franklin more than doubled from February to March. Nine homes were sold in February and 22 in March.”

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