All five measures of the Housing Barometer improved over the past year. The indicator that the recovery now most depends on--young-adult employment--made the largest leap, but is still not quite halfway back to normal.
Now that your home is ready to sell, opening it to the public for showings poses a few risks. While the idea of theft shouldn't be your main worry come open house day, you don't want to tempt people either.
Consumers think 2015 will be a better year than 2014, especially for selling a home. But the recovery will slow as the rebound effect fades before fundamentals become strong. Key markets to watch are in the Northeast, South, and West.
As anyone who's moved a few times knows, not all neighborhoods are created equal. There is no such thing as the perfect neighborhood, because not all areas are going to be truly a perfect fit for everyone and their unique needs.
Despite high household incomes, San Francisco is the least affordable metro, with just 15% of homes within reach of the middle class. Affordability has deteriorated over the past year in Austin and Miami. The most affordable markets are near the Great Lakes.