I read an article in the January issue of Realtor Magazine that discussed whether homes are still a good investment in this economy. "Even with several years of price declines, the typical seller who purchased a home 8 years ago experienced a median equity gain of $33,000-a 24% increase-while sellers who were in their homes for 11-15 years saw a mediun gain of 40%." Those percentage calculations were according to NAR's latest survey of home buyers and sellers, available at REALTOR.org/research. "85% of recent home buyers see their home as a good investment, and nearly half think that a real estate investment is better than investing in the stock market."

It's good that people still see home ownership as a long-term investment goal.

If you or anyone you know is interested in buying or selling their home, now is the best time of year. Call Masha Halpern & The Smart Move Team. Masha is The Best Listing Agent in Chapel Hill.

Have a great weekend.

Staci