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January Market Reports: Inventories are Down to the Wire

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January is the month when real estate markets traditionally take a breather to restock their shelves for the spring season. In the final quarter of 2016 record demand powered by concern over interest rates and rising prices encouraged buyers to clear the shelves of depleted supplies and strong sales continued into the new year. An analysis of the January market ... Read More »

Six Signs That Sales are Softening

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Last year was not a great one for the housing economists who forecast home sales.  Most, include NAR[1] and Fannie Mae[2], predicted that existing homes sales would end up south of a 3 percent increase over 2015.  In fact, sales did a little better, rising 3.2 percent for the best sales year since 2006.[3] This year, experts are low-balling sales ... Read More »

January Home Sales: Don’t Break out the Bubbly

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  The good news about January home sales is that the year over year rate reached the highest they reached an all-time high, an annualized total that was a little bit higher than it was last November. The bad news is that the serious problems facing the residential real estate economy grew even more serious during the slowest month of ... Read More »

Summer Ends with Crippling Inventory Shortages

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August brought even worse news for first-time and move-up buyer as chronic inventory shortages grow even, inflating home prices even more.  A double whammy of unaffordable prices and shrinking selections of homes for sale continue to handcuff the housing recovery. “Hopes of a meaningful sales breakthrough as a result of this summer’s historically low mortgage rates failed to materialize because ... Read More »

Freddie Raises Price Forecast, Fannie Turns Bearish on Sales

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Like the blind men with different interpretations of the same elephant, September forecasts by economists at the nation’s largest housing GSEs emphasize differing outcomes from the same forces shaping the nation’s housing economy. After July’s disappointing existing sales report, which NAR’s Lawrence Yun attributed in part to chronically low inventories, Fannie Mae lowered its existing sales forecast for 2016 from ... Read More »

Stormy Weather Hits Home Sales

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Is it just the end of the buying season or are home sales hitting a wall? A growing consensus of economists foresees a flattening in sales growth—or even year-over-year declines in the months to come–for the balance of the year and even into next year.  Sales may have reached a ceiling for the season. A combination of rising prices, slow ... Read More »

Summer Sales Slow as 2016 Heads for ‘Moderation”

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The first analysis of June market data confirms forecasts that sales peaked in the first half of the year and will hold on to make 2016 a moderating, normalizing housing market like those preceding boom, at the turn of the Millennium. Clear Capital forecasted between sales growth at 1% to 3% in January and is sticking a with the same forecast, which ... Read More »

Economists say Shortages, not Economic Growth, are Driving Home Prices

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  Tight inventories of homes for sale rather than economic factors, like rising income levels  or low interest rates, are driving higher than expected increases in home prices.  Yet recent low interest rates are not creating an unsustainable increase in home values, concluded the more than 100 housing economists and experts participating in the latest quarterly Zillow Home Price Expectations ... Read More »

Chinese Residential Purchases Soar

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Chinese nationals are the biggest foreign buyers of American homes, purchasing homes valued at $93 billion in the past five years, including $28.6 billion in 2015 alone according a new report released today by Asia Society and the Rosen Consulting Group. Chinese buyers spent at least $93 billion on residential real estate between 2010 and 2015. Spending rose at an ... Read More »

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