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October Sales Disappoint


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 »

Home Seller Equity Soars


  They say that good things happen to those who wait. That’s certainly true for the millions of home owners who struggled through seven years of falling values and false-starting recoveries to see their equity return and resume an upward path. The latest evidence comes from NAR’s new 2015 Profile of Home Buyer and Sellers just released today.  The venerable ... Read More »

Rural Communities Attract More Buyers


  Purchase mortgages grew at a faster rate in rural communities than in the rest of the nation last year and rural borrowers paid significantly higher rates of interest than urban or suburban home buyers in 2014, according to an analysis of recently released data from the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) by Keith Wiley, senior research associate at the ... Read More »

Boomers Creating Massive Boom in Retrofitting Homes


With 78 million baby boomers entering or on the verge of retirement, a concerted national effort is required to adapt homes and communities for the 73 percent of seniors who prefer to age in place, according to a new report released yesterday by the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC). The preference to grow older in one’s own home and community stems ... Read More »

Move up Buyers Move the Housing Markets


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?


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 »

Where O Where Have all the Sellers Gone?


Not so long ago, when prices were plummeting and foreclosures pumped up the inventory counts with discounted values, homeowners and real estate professionals would have welcomed one of the chronic problems plaguing markets today; inventories so low that they inflate prices and keep move up buyers in homes they want to leave. The question everyone is asking: “What’s happened to ... Read More »

Detroit Home Values Come Back from the Brink


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 »

Wake-Up Call: Depreciation Soars in Top Markets

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Though rising median home prices paint a favorable picture of current housing markets, the population of houses losing over 2 percent of value per year has increased to 24 percent from just 6 percent a year ago in ten of the nation’s largest markets. According to June data, in three major urban markets–New York City, Washington DC and Chicago–more than ... Read More »

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