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In 10 Years, 13 Million Households will spend half their income on rent


The crisis in housing affordability will only get worse in the deceased to come, according to new research by the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard and Enterprise Community Partners Inc (Enterprise).  The number of households spending more than 50 percent of their income on rent is expected to rise at least 11 percent from 11.8 million to 13.1 million by ... Read More »

Homeowners’ Equity Takes Big Leap Forward


Only 9 million out of 50 million mortgaged homes still have less than 20 percent equity at the end of the second quarter, a decline of 700,000 homes from the first quarter.  The percentage of under equitied homeowners fell from 19.9 percent to 17.8 percentage of homes with a mortgage, CoreLogic reported today. Borrowers who are “under-equitied” may have a ... Read More »

Owners Blow Home Valuations


For the seventh consecutive month, the gap has widened between what home owners say their home is worth compared to what appraisers say, according to Quicken Loans’ August 2015 Home Price Perception Index. Home owner estimates now stand 2.65 percent higher than appraiser opinions, the largest gap in more than a year, according to the index. “The perception trend of ... Read More »

Condos Struggle to Recover


  Appreciating home values in the bottom third of the market helped pull more homeowners out of negative equity in the second quarter of 2015, but condos were more likely than houses to be underwater , according to the Zillow® Negative Equity Report. •             The U.S. rate of negative equity among mortgaged homeowners continued to drop in the second quarter ... Read More »

Where O Where Have all the Sellers Gone?


Not so long ago, when prices were plummeting and foreclosures pumped up the inventory counts with discounted values, homeowners and real estate professionals would have welcomed one of the chronic problems plaguing markets today; inventories so low that they inflate prices and keep move up buyers in homes they want to leave. The question everyone is asking: “What’s happened to ... Read More »

Foreclosure Starts Fall but Repos Rise


Foreclosure activity rose in July, up 7 percent from the previous month and up 14 percent from a year ago. July was the fifth consecutive month with a year-over-year increase in overall foreclosure activity following 53 consecutive months of decreases. “The increase in overall foreclosure activity over the last five months has been driven primarily by rapidly rising bank repossessions, ... Read More »

Wake-Up Call: Depreciation Soars in Top Markets

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Though rising median home prices paint a favorable picture of current housing markets, the population of houses losing over 2 percent of value per year has increased to 24 percent from just 6 percent a year ago in ten of the nation’s largest markets. According to June data, in three major urban markets–New York City, Washington DC and Chicago–more than ... Read More »

The Dry Rot in America’s Housing Stock: A Sad Legacy of the Foreclosure Era


  What would an influx of 3.8 million entry-level homes do for housing affordability? Limited inventory and strong demand continue to push home prices higher in America’s hottest housing markets, leading to declining affordability.  Forecasters are raising their predictions as tight inventories of homes, particularly lower priced properties, keep first-time buyers on the sidelines. Those 3.8 million homes, nearly twice ... Read More »

Are 30 Million Homeowners Underestimating their Equity?


The difficulties homeowners face today obtaining accurate valuations of their homes, and in turn, the equity they have in it, may be freezing many out of refinancing or selling because they error on the side of caution and make estimates that are too conservative. A new analysis of Fannie Mae’s National Housing Survey by two economists at the University of ... Read More »

HomeVestors Proves Investing is Alive and Well


For the business of residential real estate investing, these are not the best of times.  Bargains on attractive properties to flip or to hold and convert to rentals are tough to find.  Foreclosures and short sales have fallen to ten percent of home sales, the lowest level in four years, according to RealtyTrac.  Moreover, NAR reports the foreclosure discount has shrunk ... Read More »

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