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May 2013

Industry Pros Expect Big Gains in Volume and Values

NWREporter May 2013

More than 80 percent of real estate professionals expect real estate values and the number of transactions will increase in 2013 compared to last year, according to a nationwide survey. Respondents also believe no single market will see a decline in valuations.

That optimism is a sharp increase from 2012, when one-third of real estate markets were forecasted to see drops in valuation.

The survey of 2,400 members of ActiveRain, the industry's largest social media network, revealed a 28 percent year-over-year increase in market confidence.

2012 vs 2013 Real Estate Confidence*




Real estate values




Real estate transactions




New constructions starts




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(Scale of 1-5 where 1 represents a significant decline, 3 represents it to stay flat, and 5 represents a significant increase.

"The differences in how real estate professionals are seeing the market in the past 12 months is significant," said Nikesh Parekh, CEO of ActiveRain. "Confidence in the real estate market has increased by 28 percent, and a rebound in both housing and construction this year is a great sign for the economy."

A similar survey in early 2012 correctly predicted the bottom of the US real estate market, as the National Association of REALTORS (NAR) showed a 9 percent jump in existing-home sales over the previous year.

Survey respondents were also asked to identify which markets they thought would lead the rebound. Eight of the top 10 markets are in mid-America, with Austin expected to experience the most growth:

2013 Best Real Estate Markets

  1. Austin
  2. Ft. Myers - Naples
  3. Kansas City
  4. Salt Lake City
  5. Houston
  6. Portland, OR
  7. Dallas-Fort Worth
  8. Nashville
  9. Detroit
  10. San Antonio

Market Leader (NASDAQ: LEDR), a leader in online marketing and technology solutions for real estate professionals and the owner of ActiveRain, conducted the survey. ActiveRain has more than 330,000 members.

A full breakdown of the survey and its findings, as well as an infographic highlighting the key results, can be found at http://www.realestate.com/advice/real-estate-market-is-back/.