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For the third month in a row, prices in La Mesa and the number of transactions have beat year-over-year totals, including a 10 percent rise in median sales prices during March for the 91941 zip code. To hear a report on La Mesa home prices and see statistics for your neighborhood click here.
The good signs in La Mesa seem to be mirroring some other hopeful signs on the national scene as well.
The Urban Land Institute released its Real Estate Consensus Forecast last week and overall, the 38 real estate economists and analysts surveyed projected broad improvements for the economy.
With signs of improvement in the housing sector already emerging, participants expect to see housing starts nearly double by 2014 and project home prices will begin to rise in 2013.
The average home price, which has declined somewhere between 1.8 percent and 4.1 percent over each of the past three years, according to FHFA data, is expected to stabilize in 2012, followed by a 2 percent increase in 2013, and a 3.5 percent increase in 2014.
Single-family housing starts are expected to rise from 428,600 starts in 2011 to 500,000 in 2012, and jump to 800,000 in 2014.
The unemployment rate is expected to continue falling, with the rate dropping to 8 percent by the end of 2012, 7.5 percent by the end of 2013, and 6.9 percent by the end of 2014.