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Climb to Price Peaks Resumed in November

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Though sales petered out in November, they were strong enough to continue America’s steady climb out of price troughs that drove more than 6 million American families into foreclosure. Among the nation’s top 100 largest markets, 93 markets increased their three month average index point change in November, up 35 markets from October, according to Homes.com, which has been tracking ... Read More »

Ready to Rumble in 2015?

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When home sales unexpectedly plummeted in November, the housing recovery entered the new year stuck in neutral.  Will sales switch gears and get revved up in the new year, regaining the roar of two years ago?  Or will they putt-putt along as they did in the pre-recovery years, every leap forward followed by a tire-burning skid? Economists making predictions for ... Read More »

Happier New Year?

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In an end of the year forecast, CoreLogic’s deputy chief economist came rang in a happy new year for the housing economy. Home sales will increase by 9 percent in 2015, housing starts are expected to grow 14 percent and home price growth is expected to moderate, predicted CoreLogic’s Sam Khater. “The lower-end home price category is growing faster than ... Read More »

Rents Rise, Ownership Costs Fall, Part Deux

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The squeeze renters will feel over the next twelve months will not be pleasant, especially for lower income renters.  But those who can afford to buy in 2015 have multiple incentives to do so, beginning with their monthly rental bill. In a new piece of research on the dynamics of renting vs. buying, Zillow’s economists have update the numbers on ... Read More »

Are You Ready for the Next Boom?

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According to a new study from the New York Federal Reserve the best way to stimulate demand is to reduce down payments, a strategy that’s more effective than lowering interest rates–whicb is probably obvious to most street Realtors.  Now it can be proved scientifically. The Fed economists queried prospective buyers to determine their willingness to buy a home under different ... Read More »

Rents Will Rise Faster than Home Values

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Zillow predicts a big year for home buyers in 2015, with more millennials entering the market amid rising rents. Zillow’s annual housing predictions also identify the five best housing markets for first-time homebuyers this coming year. 2015 Predictions U.S. rents will outpace home values by the end of the year Builders will begin constructing more, less expensive homes Millennials will ... Read More »

Is the Recovery Coming to a Screeching Halt?

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  After slowly winding down over the summer months, the third and fourth quarter data now being released shows that price appreciation is no longer slowing.  It is now within inches of a total screeching halt that could presage a shift in the recovery’s momentum as real estate markets don their pajamas for the winter hibernation. The September 2014 index ... Read More »

CoreLogic: Healthy or Wealthy?

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  Through August, CoreLogic figures that national median home prices have risen 17.5 percent during a 20 month run that’s now tapering off.  According to the October 2014 CoreLogic HPI™, in 2013 alone, national home prices rose by more than 11 percent. By August, national home prices had risen another 6.5 percent year-to-date. Wealthy is not necessarily healthy when it ... Read More »

College Towns Get an A for Appreciation

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Colleges and universities are having an effect on housing across the country. Metros with noteworthy university influence are at the top of their class, with home price trends far outperforming national rates of growth since 2004, according to data provider Clear Capital. A sample of ten metros, each having a university presence, shows an average growth of 32 percent since ... Read More »

Tight Credit Chokes Pending Sales

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Pending home sales rose slightly in September and are now above year-over-year levels for the first time in 11 months, according to the National Association of Realtors®.  But NAR’s monthly pending sales repot disappointed observers and underscored the problems facing the housing sector The pending home sales index increased 0.3% after dropping 1% in August, the National Association of Realtors ... Read More »