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It’s the Year of the Renter

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  Apartment rentals are setting records right and left.  Year-to-date  effective apartment rent growth through July leads all post-Great Recession years for the fourth straight month and is just 10 basis points away from the recovery’s peak YTD figure, reached in 2012. Annualized effective rent growth was 3.8% in July, a 12 bps increase from the 3.7% recorded in June ... Read More »

Fannie Sees Sales Plunging as Prices Rise

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  Fannie Mae’s economists downgraded their outlook for 2014 sales following the disappointing housing activity seen during the first half of the year but remained bullish on the housing market’s ability to consolidate it price gains this year. According to the forecast in Fannie’s August Housing Forecast, home sales will fall 3.2 percent below last year’s level of 5,519,000 units ... Read More »

California Markets Deliver Best Long-term Rental Profits

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For small investors looking for long-term profits from rental properties, five California markets top the list, according to a Zillow Rentals analysis. In terms of rental income, tax benefits and accumulated home equity (thanks to rapid home value appreciation), landlords in San Jose, California, make the most money: $8,927 per month, or $107,122 per year over a six year period. Other California markets in ... Read More »

Housing Recovery Hits the Brakes Across America

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    Home price increases that were generated in the heady days of spring are drying up quickly in the summer months, increasing the chances that the year will end with the housing recovery’s performance far short of last year’s stellar performance and possibly in the red in more marginal markets than last year. The national median existing single-family home ... Read More »

Rising Prices Push Homes Out of Reach

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  Price increases over the last two years of the recovery are reducing the numbers of households who can afford to buy homes above the lowest pricing tiers, creating a bottom heavy market. At the base of the market for housing is a large number of households with relatively modest incomes. The homes that these households can afford are also ... Read More »

Hello Moderation, Bye Distress Sales

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As a percent of all sales, distressed sales fell to 18 percent in July from their peak of 40.8 percent in March of 2011. The major shift in home sale type, from distressed to fair market, will continue to impact future growth potential for markets overall, reports Clear Capital’s July Market Report. Does that mean home price gains will continue ... Read More »

Freddie Mac: Apartments are Booming

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With vacancy rates at a 13-year low, a large cohort of young adult renters and potential renters and a continued demand for apartments that is expected to meet the new supply of units under construction, the multifamily market is looking extraordinarily strong at mid-year. Freddie Mac’s six month outlook for the multifamily rental housing market is strong despite the fluctuating ... Read More »

Buyers are Tossing in the Towel

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  Prospective buyers aren’t even going through the motions of applying for financing as applications for purchase mortgages weakened in May.  Most housing markets remain stalled largely markets moved into their stable range of housing activity according to Freddie Mac’s Multi-Indicator Market Index (MiMi). The national MiMi value stands at -2.64 points indicating a weak housing market overall with only ... Read More »

The Problem isn’t Student Loans, it’s Student Dropouts

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Student loans have been a problem for first-time buyers for generations, but they didn’t stop first-timers from buying 40 percent of the homes sold ten years ago. So what’s the whining all about? One thing that’s different is the size and scope of the problem.  Overall student loan debt recently breached the $1 trillion mark. There are more individuals with ... Read More »

Valuation Fraud Soared 27 Percent in Q1

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  The national Property Valuation Fraud Risk Index rose 27 percent in the first quarter and 17 percent from a year ago, evidence that an epidemic of fraudulent home valuations is sweeping certain real estate markets on the East and West Coasts. Property valuations are increasingly being manipulated by individuals who purchase and list multiple properties in the same neighborhoods ... Read More »