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Underwater Homeowners Surface More Slowly

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In the first quarter some 9.1 million U.S. residential properties were seriously underwater — where the combined loan amount secured by the property is at least 25 percent higher than the property’s estimated market value — representing 17 percent of all properties with a mortgage. That’s the lowest level since RealtyTrac began reporting negative equity in the first quarter of ... Read More »

More than Half of Foreclosures Still Occupied

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Even though it takes an average of 19 months to complete a foreclosure today, at least half of the bank-owned REOs in a recent RealtyTrac survey were still occupied by the former homeowner or a tenant.  Many of the owners who stayed in their homes did so rent-free for as much as two years or more since they made their ... Read More »

Buyers Bloom in the Springtime

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Daffodils, April showers, robins and a new crop of For Sale signs seem to be working their seasonal magic on home buyers.  The latest Fannie Mae survey, conducted in March, reports that the gloominess that shrouded buyers during the bitter winter months has melted away and attitudes are nearly as positive as they were a year ago. Consumers who said ... Read More »

Luxury Digs Stake out New Turf

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  Market forces are changing the shape of luxury locations, expanding borders to enlarge the supply of million dollar plus homes just outside of historically affluent neighborhoods.  Unlike homes at the other end of the price scale where inventory shortages fueled double digit price increases, the new growth is a result of the reviving economy Coldwell Banker Previews International® released ... Read More »

February Prices: CoreLogic ups the Ante

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Despite slow sales and paralyzing storms in much of the nation, February year over year prices rose to 12.2 percent, an increase of two points over January and monthly prices rose 0.8 percent, CoreLogic reported today. Home prices nationwide, including distressed sales, rose 12.2 percent in February 2014 compared to February 2013, the 24th month of consecutive year-over-year increases in ... Read More »

Rising Prices Seen Driving Investors Out

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The salad days of low price tier home sales (homes selling for $95,000 and less) that fueled the recovery over the last two years are ending and with them, the legions of investors that have led the nation’s housing recovery. “The Investors Did Their Job,” headlines Clear Capital’s latest market report.  “Can traditional home buyers take it from here?” Deeply ... Read More »

Texas Tops LMM List of Investment Targets

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Three Texas markets lead the list of markets facing  a housing shortage that will boost home prices even higher than expected in the spring buying season, according to Local Market Monitor’s quarterly top investment targets. “The economy has been growing quickly in these markets, there are lots of renters, and there aren’t many foreclosed properties to provide competition,” noted Ingo ... Read More »

Capping Tax Assessments Doesn’t Slow Gentrification

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A number of cities—including Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.—are planning to freeze property tax assessments for long-time homeowners in gentrifying neighborhoods to protect long-time owners from paying higher taxes resulting from rising prices in gentrifying neighborhoods. However, a new study of previous capped jurisdictions by Chris Cunningham, research economist and assistant policy adviser at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, ... Read More »

Big Boys Have Moved into Smaller Markets in the South and Midwest

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Big institutional investors — companies that have purchased at least 10 properties in a calendar year — accounted for 5.9 percent of all U.S. residential property sales in February, up from a revised 5.0 percent of sales in January but down from 7.2 percent of sales in February 2013. February was the third consecutive month where the institutional investor share ... Read More »

Sagging Sales: It’s Not Just the Weather

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It’s hard to build, buy or sell a home in when ice coats the drive and below freezing winds discourage roof inspections.  There’s no doubt this year’s endless winter have curbed construction and sales.  However, sagging sales are not just a function of the nasty weather that will melt away with the first warm days. If that were the case, ... Read More »