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NAR Lowers Sales Forecast

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The National Association of Realtors has reduced its outlook for existing sales in 2016 from a 3 percent increase over 2015 (5.45 million sales) to an increase of only 1 to 2 percent (5.30 to 5.40 million sales). The new forecast, three months before the opening of the home sales season, amends an early one made at NAR’s annual meeting ... Read More »

“Know Before You Owe” Blamed for Sudden Sales Slump

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Existing-home sales dropped off considerably in November to the slowest pace in 19 months, but the National Association of Realtors said some of the decrease was likely due to the “Know before you owe” or the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosures rule (TRID), which took effect October 3. The rule requires lenders and service providers to provide binding estimates and final accounting ... Read More »

Luxury Dips While Mid-tier Zips

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Call it poetic justice.  While median home prices continue their upward climb, in the third quarter luxury prices stumbled and fell for the first time in over three years.  Redfin reported prices of luxury homes fell 2.2% on a yearly basis, while prices for the rest of the market rose 3.8 percent in the same period.  (Luxury homes are defined ... Read More »

Northeast, Midwest Markets Warm up as Year Winds Down

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Outside it may be cold and snowy with early storms, but housing prices are warning up in some of the most stunningly negative Midwestern and Northeastern markets, according to Clear Capital’s November market report. Regionally the West still leads the appreciation parade, with quarterly increases of 1.2 percent and annualized price growth at 7.5 percent.  But the Northeast and Midwest ... Read More »

October Sales Disappoint

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Home sales dropped 3.4 percent in October, surprising housing economists and raising concern about the strength of the recovery especially since mortgage rates remaining below 4 percent for the third straight month, existing According to Bloomberg, economists had forecast that existing sales dropped 2.7% in October at an annual rate of 5.40 million. Economists had noted that after a 4.7% ... Read More »

Move up Buyers Move the Housing Markets

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Purchases by current homeowners helped bolster home prices in August, according to results from the latest Campbell/Inside Mortgage Finance HousingPulse Tracking Survey. “Current homeowner purchases are supporting the housing market,” said Tom Popik, research director for Campbell Surveys. “Metrics such as the sales-to-list price ratio show a strong housing market, particularly in western states. Nonetheless, forward-looking commentary from real estate ... Read More »

Do Millennial Buyers Really Prefer the City?

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A study by Federal Reserve economists Elora Raymond and Jessica Dill found that it’s true that first-time homebuyers prefer to buy in the city.  They tend to live closer city centers than existing homeowners who are burying a new home.  First-timers buy within an average of 5.8 to 5.9 miles from city centers whereas existing owners prefer 6 to y25 ... Read More »

Detroit Home Values Come Back from the Brink

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Sold prices rose 28 percent in Detroit over the past year, topping the list of Pro Teck Valuation Services’ Home Value Forecast. Others included in the list were Palm Bay, FL; Port St. Lucie, FL; Merced, CA; and, San Francisco, CA. “While Detroit has seen healthy gains this year, the Home Value Forecast rating system shows that Detroit is still ... Read More »

The Dry Rot in America’s Housing Stock: A Sad Legacy of the Foreclosure Era

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  What would an influx of 3.8 million entry-level homes do for housing affordability? Limited inventory and strong demand continue to push home prices higher in America’s hottest housing markets, leading to declining affordability.  Forecasters are raising their predictions as tight inventories of homes, particularly lower priced properties, keep first-time buyers on the sidelines. Those 3.8 million homes, nearly twice ... Read More »

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