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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 »

Millions of New Households Await Better Times

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  Stagnant incomes and rising rents have left the nation with an unprecedented number of doubled-up households as people moved in together to make ends meet. All those roommates have changed the American housing landscape, with 5.4 million households that would exist under normal conditions instead lost in guestrooms and basements, sharing space with friends, family and roommates, waiting for ... 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 »

Seattle: Tale of Two Cities

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Why have lower income neighborhoods been left out of the housing recovery? In an ana;ysis of the Seattle marlket, Pro Teck  Va;uatgion Services describs  how income and access to credit drives home values and why across the country we are seeing strong appreciation in wealthy areas but slower recovery in areas of lower income. Seattle’s median household income is soaring, with ... Read More »

Freddie Mac: Local Markets are Stabilizing, Weakness Overall

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Eight additional metro and state housing markets showed positive momentum in August butFreddie Mac’s Multi-Indicator Market Index® (MiMi) stands at 73.3, indicating a weak housing market overall and showing a very slight decline (-0.19%) from July to August and a 3-month decline of (-0.47%). However, n a year-over-year basis, the U.S. housing market has improved (4.09%). The nation’s all-time MiMi ... Read More »

Zillow: Prices Peaked

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    Appreciation in home values is slowing definitively after nearly two years of accelerating year-over-year growth, according to the third quarter Zillow® Real Estate Market Reports. Homebuyers who have been priced out of hot markets will welcome the cooling off. The rate of annual home-value appreciation peaked at 8.1 percent in April and has fallen in every month since. ... Read More »

Falling Prices and Falling Leaves Perk up Sales

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Existing home sales picked up in September, reaching their highest pace on an annualized basis of the year, helped along with a price drop of nearly five percent to launch the fall season. Median price fell from $219,800 in August was $209,700, a drop of 4.8 percent but still 5.6 percent above the levels of a year ago. The price ... Read More »

Fall Inventories Moderate Redfin Prices

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September sales volume declined by 13.7 percent in September from August on Re3dfin even though Inventory increased by 4 percent over August and newly listed homes were up 2.1 percent.  Prices were among the lowest among September market reports to date.  The brokerage hopes for better news in the fourth quarter but doesn’t expect price growth to be higher than ... Read More »