Buzz: July housing results show increase

Aug. 22, 2014 @ 05:15 PM

Listing prices up 8.8 percent: The median sales price for housing listings in July increased by 8.8 percent in Durham County, according to the Triangle Multiple Listing Services.

“Although low supply and tight credit standards are still hurdles to recovery, prices continue to rise in most local areas,” the Durham Regional Association of Realtors said in a report.

New listings decreased by 4.7 percent since June and closed sales decreased by 1.9 percent.

The median sales price for listings in Durham County was $185,000 in July.

The Realtors’ association said rising inventory levels will lead to more choices for qualified buyers, but as summer ends, the number of listings on the market will decline.

Fitness company launches “virtual marathon:” Jazmin Fitness has launched a virtual marathon through social media in English and Spanish.

Contestants can register through the center’s website and commit to five weeks, 13 weeks or 26 weeks of exercise and submit pictures of progress through social media each week.

Contestants must register by Aug, 27 and the marathon ends Feb. 15, 2015. The first person to complete 26 weeks gets $2,500.

Hearing center opens: Audiologist Shaina Stapleton opened Better Hearing Rehabilitation Center on Aug. 12 at 14 Consultant Place Suite 220.

Stapleton attended UNC-Chapel Hill and the University of Florida and worked in Georgia before moving back to Durham recently to open her practice.

She said she aims to maintain affordable prices through a “patient-centric” approach to hearing care.

Stapleton works at the practice with a patient care coordinator.

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