By Keith Benman, Times Media Company
Homes sales in Northwest Indiana increased for the third straight year in 2013, hitting their highest level since the onset of the housing crisis in 2007.
By year-end, Realtors in the region had closed deals on 9,447 homes, as compared to the 7,943 homes sold in 2012, according to sales figures from the Greater Northwest Indiana Association of Realtors.
The Northwest Indiana home sales growth of 18.9 percent for 2013 outstripped the growth in sales nationally, which came in at 9.1 percent, according to sales figures from the National Association of Realtors. In the greater Chicago area, home sales were up a very strong 23 percent, according to the Illinois Association of Realtors.
All real estate licensees are not the same. Only real estate licensees who are members of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® are properly called REALTORS®. They proudly display the REALTOR "®" logo on the business card or other marketing and sales literature. REALTORS® are committed to treat all parties to a transaction honestly. REALTORS® subscribe to a strict code of ethics and are expected to maintain a higher level of knowledge of the process of buying and selling real estate. An independent survey reports that 84% of home buyers would use the same REALTOR® again.