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Rental Cost Crisis Worsens as Ownership Improves

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The percentage of renters paying more than 30 percent of their income on housing costs is increasing while cost-burned homeowners are decreasing, according to the 2014 State of the Nation’s Housing report released yesterday by the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies. On the owner side, the number of households facing cost burdens has fallen steadily as high foreclosure rates ... Read More »

Americans Want Action on Affordability

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A new national survey of consumers commissioned by the MacArthur Foundation uncovers the depth of concern over America’s crisis in housing affordability, provides provocative insights into how a large number of Americans perceive the housing economy and outlines support for public policy solutions. The study found that eight out of ten Americans (81%) believe that housing affordability is a problem ... Read More »

Freddie: Low Income Levels Slow the Recovery

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Many of the nation’s housing markets are getting back to normal heading into the spring home buying season but many are not, according to Freddie Mac’s latest Multi-Indicator Market Index. Large pockets of weakness linger, particularly in the Great Lakes Region and the South outside of Florida and Texas. The national MiMi value stands at 82.7, indicating a housing market ... Read More »

Boomerang Buyers are Back Big Time

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Nearly half of all homeowners who lost their homes to foreclosure during the housing bust own their own homes again and most have a mortgage. just nine years after home prices bottomed in 2007. A new report from the Urban Institute that compares credit profiles of renters and owners found nine million (7.1 percent) of all adult consumers with a ... Read More »

New Vs Old—Who’s Responsible for the Inventory Shortage?

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  Who’s responsible for the inventory shortage? Does the blame lay with owners of existing homes are aren’t motivated enough to sell or with builders who simply building enough to meet demand? As the days count down to the opening of the spring sales season, inventories are lagging behind last year—which lagged behind 2014.  The result has been upward pressure ... Read More »

Inventory Update: Pre-season Inventories Get Scary

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As the build-up to the spring buying season winds down in a matter of weeks, the inventory picture is shaping up be significantly worse than it was last year—which was one of the tightest in recent years.  A rush of new listings in February and March could brighten the picture, but through January it’s clear that inventories are going starting ... Read More »

Mortgage Credit: The Private/Public Paradox

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Next September, two months before the Presidential election, America celebrates eight years since the Treasury Department took over Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and turned them into wholly owned subsidiaries. Since then the federal government’s control over the nation’s housing markets has grown even greater than ever. While we’ve been waiting for policymakers to fix a broken system of housing, ... Read More »

New Study Suggests MLS Sold Prices are Inflated in Down Markets

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  Transaction prices reported by multiple listing services may differ by an average of 8.75 percent from sold prices reported on HUD-1 settlement statements, possibly because brokers are under pressure to inflate prices in a declining market, according to a new study by three real estate economists at Florida Gulf Coast University published last month by the Appraisal Journal. In ... Read More »

Homeowners Still Overvalue their Homes

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Average appraised values in December were 1.8 percent lower than homeowners’ opinion of their home’s value, marking the 11th straight month when appraised values were lower than homeowners expected, although the gap between the two values has narrowed since August. The Quicken Loans’ national Home Value Index (HVI) – a measure of home values based on recent appraisals used in to ... Read More »

Counting Down to Positive Equity

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  The countdown has begun.  No, not the New Years’ Eve countdown! The countdown to retuning to a normal level of positive equity. Even in the best of times, a certain number of homeowners are going to pay too much for a house and it might take a few years until their principle payments and appreciation put them in a ... Read More »

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