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Nascent Demand, Tight Inventories Supercharge April Prices

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  Prices took an unexpectedly big leap upward in April as rising demand collided with tight supplies to propel sale prices. With headlines like The Re-Explosion of U.S. House Prices Is Over, most forecasts in January had prices rising 4-5 percent over 2014.  Only the CoreLogic and NAR were on the sunny side, predicting 5/9 and 6 percent respectively. Only ... Read More »

Too Many Listings, Too Much Time

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A new study scheduled to be published by the Journal of Housing Economics found that agents who take on too many listings sell them for about 3 percent less and it takes 129 percent longer to sell than agents with modest listing inventories. The study looked at whether agents have an incentive to take on too many listings—at least from ... Read More »

Flippers Profit on Rising Values and Slim Inventories

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he average gross profit — the difference between the purchase price and the flipped price — for completed flips in the first quarter was $72,450, up from $65,290 in the previous quarter and up from $61,684 in the first quarter of 2014 to the highest level going back to the first quarter of 2011, the earliest where data is available, ... Read More »

First April Report: Midwest Trails the Recovery

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    The Midwest is disappointing forecasters who called for a strong recovery this year–through April the region remains volatile, according to Clear Capital’s take on April market data.  At the end of the first quarter, the Midwest is already seeing negative quarterly declines of -0.10%. For nearly seven years, it has struggled to get on equal footing with the ... Read More »

Negative Equity Freezes Lowest Tier Owners

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One reason inventories for first-time buyers are chronically depleted is that lower priced homes continue to bear a more of the brunt of negative equity that those priced higher. A new report from Black Knight found that in March the number of underwater borrowers decreased by 1.6 million from this time last year and that the negative equity population has ... Read More »

Homeowners vs Investors: The Devil is in the Details

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  Vacation Home Sales Soar to Record High in 2014, Investment Purchases Fall or Homes Sold to Owner-Occupants Drops to New Low in First Quarter, Smaller Investors Picking Up Slack Time for a quiz.  Which headline do YOU think is right?  The first, the second, both or neither? The right answer is that you should never believe a real estate ... Read More »

Take a Closer Look at the Spring Boomlet: It’s a Remarkable Start

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It’s official.  Early signs and forecasts of an extraordinary sales season are proving to be true.  NAR’s March existing home sales rocketed to their highest annual rate in 18 months. Total March sales increased 6.1 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.19 million in March from 4.89 million in February—the highest annual rate since September 2013 (also 5.19 ... Read More »

Buyers Bail Just as Spring Arrives

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With the arrival of the first robins, families’ thoughts turn to buying a new home. Except maybe not this year, according to a new consumer survey by Fannie Mae. Consumer attitudes toward housing appear to have stalled somewhat amid a recent dip in confidence regarding personal finances and income growth, according to Fannie Mae’s March 2015 National Housing Survey™. Among ... Read More »

Figuring Out Florida

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From the dawn of the housing crash in 2006, Florida’s real estate economy has stood out from the rest of the nation, sometimes acting as a bellwether of things to come, like the explosion of small investors and foreign investors who put a floor under plunging values in 2009 and 2010. At other times, Florida has been a throwback to ... Read More »

Distressed Discounts Dwindle, Sales Skew up and Median Price Rises

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The U.S. median home price in February increased 14 percent from a year ago but was flat from the previous month to $183,000.The median sales price of distressed homes — those in the foreclosure process or bank-owned — increased 13 percent from a year ago to $127,000, 33 percent below the median sales price of non-distressed properties, $190,000 according to ... Read More »

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