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Home Sellers become More Realistic on Home Prices while Realtors Express Greater Optimism about Housing Market

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RISMEDIA, May 23, 2009-HomeGain, one of the first websites to provide free instant home values, announced the results of an extensive nationwide survey on home prices based on the responses of over 1,150 Realtors.

The survey shows that 36% of homeowners think their homes should be listed 10 to 20% higher than what their Realtors’ recommend, down from 45% in the first quarter.

Conversely, 64% of homebuyers think that homes are overpriced versus 59% who believed the same in the first quarter.

“Realtors are in a unique position as they get to hear both sides of the home price story – the buyers’ and the sellers’. They then apply their own home valuation analysis based on their understanding of the market which often meets resistance from buyers and sellers,” said Louis Cammarosano, General Manager of HomeGain. “The results of our second quarter Realtor home prices survey indicates that home sellers seem to be getting the message that perhaps their homes are not worth as much as they thought they were, while buyers are expecting to find a bargain on every corner.”

The Realtors surveyed expressed more optimism in the second quarter survey on the direction of home prices than in the first quarter, with 22% of them believing that home values will increase in the next six months versus 11% who believed the same in the first quarter. Twenty-nine percent of survey respondents believe that home prices will fall in the next six months versus 53% who believed the same in the first quarter survey.

“There is major improvement in the number of homes selling,” stated Heather Lawson, Broker Century 21 Watson Real Estate in Genoa, IL. Gillian Goldrich of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Woodbridge, CT, agreed with Lawson, stating, “Markets are definitely picking up. It seems that buyers are getting off the fence and taking advantage of tremendous buys.”

Fifty-seven percent of Realtors surveyed indicated their approval of Obama’s performance as President. These results mirrored the nationwide results of the Rasmussen Daily Presidential Approval Index. Fifty-five percent of survey respondents believe that the Obama stimulus plan will have or has had no impact on home values versus 45% who believed the same in the first quarter survey.

For more information, visit www.homegain.com.

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