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Falling Prices and Falling Leaves Perk up Sales

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Existing home sales picked up in September, reaching their highest pace on an annualized basis of the year, helped along with a price drop of nearly five percent to launch the fall season. Median price fell from $219,800 in August was $209,700, a drop of 4.8 percent but still 5.6 percent above the levels of a year ago. The price ... Read More »

Fall Inventories Moderate Redfin Prices

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September sales volume declined by 13.7 percent in September from August on Re3dfin even though Inventory increased by 4 percent over August and newly listed homes were up 2.1 percent.  Prices were among the lowest among September market reports to date.  The brokerage hopes for better news in the fourth quarter but doesn’t expect price growth to be higher than ... Read More »

Student Loan Debt Consumes Twenty-somethings

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  Student loan debt is consuming the budgets of twenty-somethings at a breakneck pace, mutating their debt profile into unrecognizable ways that stretch their resources and limit their options. A new TransUnion study found that the consumer loan wallet — the composition of loans that people typically carry — has materially changed their imprint on consumers ages 20-29, with the student loan ... Read More »

CoreLogic Stays Bullish

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While slack demand is causing others to slice their price forecasts for next six to 12 months, CoreLogic reports August prices are up 6.4 percent year-over-year and it predicts by next August, prices will rise an additional 5.2 percent. The CoreLogic HPI Forecast indicates that home prices, including distressed sales, are projected to increase 0.2 percent month over month from August ... Read More »

Housing Momentum is Grinding to a Halt

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The U.S. housing market is struggling to maintain momentum as housing prices continue to moderate and purchase applications fall. The latest reading of Freddie Mac’s newly updated Multi-Indicator Market Index® (MiMi®) shows a slight decline in the national value through July. The national MiMi value stands at 73.4, indicating a weak housing market overall and showing a slight decline (-0.45%) ... Read More »

August Sales Took a Dip

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Nothing like a plunge in the pool to bring the housing recovery back to reality. Each sales report and forecast paints a picture of a declining market as the spring/summer market faded away.  Now there’s a growing consensus that existing home sales will fall below the magic 5 million number for only the second time in the past eight years. ... Read More »

Are Inventories nearing the Danger Zone?

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Prompted by two years of steadily rising prices, inventories are reaching levels higher than they have been in two and a half years according Zillow. Inventory shortages have plagued real estate markets for much of that time, but the latest data suggests that the pendulum may have swung too far in the other direction.  Zillow reported that national for-sale inventory ... Read More »

Homeownership Decay Fuels Multifamily Demand

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The multifamily sector, especially apartment buildings for rent, are rebounding at a record pace at the expensive of moribund homeownership rates, especially among young adults. Construction of buildings with at least five apartments hit the highest monthly construction pace since the beginning of 2006, according to the latest economic forecast from Fannie Mae. The latest absorption rates for unsubsidized, unfurnished ... Read More »

Summer’s End Cools Luxury Sales

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Luxury home sales peaked in late June but by the first of September the market crossed over into a buyers’ market for the first time since early spring, though not strongly so. Median luxury prices also have been falling since the end of June, according to weekly market reports from the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing. Last week ILHM’s Market ... Read More »

Are You Ready for the HELOC Crisis?

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  At least 2.5 million home equity lines of credit (HELOCs) will reset over the next three years, increasing borrowers’ monthly payments by an average of $250 per month and resulting in a surge of defaults, according to Black Knight Services’ September Mortgage Monitor report. According to Kostya Gradushy, Black Knight’s manager of Research and Analytics, this average is based ... Read More »