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Case Shiller: Maybe They Just Don’t Like December

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Which of the following statements were made today by Standard & Poor’s David Blitzer about the December Case Shiller price indices? “Gains are slowing from month-to-month and the strongest part of the recovery in home values may be over. Year-over-year values for the two monthly Composites weakened and the quarterly National Index barely improved. The seasonally adjusted data also exhibit ... Read More »

Tight Inventories Propel Prices

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  Supplies of listed homes in REMAX’s database lit a fuse under January prices, sending pricing soaring 11.2 percent over a year ago.  Inventories were down 10.2 percent and months’ supply fell to 5.2, pushing the 6.0 boundary where markets are out of balance. The dramatic drop in listings tracked by REMAX echoed findings by NAR, Realtor.com and Zillow that ... Read More »

It was a $1.7 Trillion Year

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The good news is that America’s housing stock is now worth $27.5 trillion, an increase of $1.7 trillion over last year.  The bad news is that U.S. home values rose 6 percent year-over-year through November, the smallest annual gain since June 2013, according to Zillow’s Stan Humphries. The aggregate value of all homes nationwide is expected to be approximately $27.5 ... Read More »

November Sales Lay an Egg

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  Just as the housing industry was preparing to celebrate the first year in a decade when sales progressed at a relatively moderate pace and experts from coast to coast were heralding a return to normalcy, November existing home sales laid the biggest egg in four years. Total existing-home sales, which are completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums ... 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 »

Can Traditional Buyers Save the Recovery?

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  The recovery is at a tipping point because traditional buyers are not making up for the decline in sales to investors, who cannot find enough houses to buy profitably.  Cash buyers competing for distressed and low-tier inventory who helped to jump start the overall recovery now are fading from the market.  They have fallen to just 16.8% of all sales, suggesting ... 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 »

Starter Homes are Still Scarce

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  National web sites report inventory remains tight, especially among lower priced starter homes popular with first-time buyers and investors. The realtor.com October National Housing Trend Report shows that inventory remains tight as total listings have decreased 2.9 percent month over month and 4.8 percent year over year. In October, homes spent approximately 92 days on the market, which is ... Read More »

Rents Rose for Eight Straight Months

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The national annual effective rent growth reached 4.33% in October, a 2 basis point (bps) increase from September’s 4.31% and the highest point of the year to date, according to the latest data from Axiometrics.. October marked the eighth straight month in which effective rent growth has increased. The continued strong effective rent growth indicates that the national apartment market is ... 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 »