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Home Values Suffer a Mid-tier Body Blow

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  The most populated segment of housing markets, mid-tier priced homes selling between $120,000 and $345,000 are the worst segment in terms of price appreciation, selling nearly 25 percent below peak levels, keeping the recovery locked into low gear July data from Clear Capital revealed that the low-tier is closest to peak 2006 levels, with prices only 10.1% below 2006 ... Read More »

Why are More Millennials Moving in with Mom and Dad?

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By now, more and more Millennials were supposed to be cutting the apron strings, living independently from their parents and establishing their own households. But the opposite is happening.  Five years into the economic recovery, even though unemployment is down, full-time work is up and wages have modestly rebounded, the nation’s 18- to 34-year-olds are less likely to be living ... Read More »

Home Prices are now only 6.5 Percent below Peak

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  In terms of national averages, the recovery has raised prices within a hair of their highest peaks reached during the boom nearly ten years ago, but on a market-by-market basis, median prices in fewer than half of the nation’s larger markets have fully rebounded from the housing crash. At $251,000, US home prices are now just 6.5 percent off ... Read More »

Sellers are Pocketing their Biggest Profits since the Peak

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Single family home and condo sellers in the first half of 2015 sold for more above their purchase price in the first half of this year than any time since prices were at the peak of the boom. Homes sold for an average of 13 percent above their original purchase prices, the highest average percentage in home price gains realized ... Read More »

Nearly Half of Homes in Top Markets are Losing Value

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  Despite market reports of strong median home price appreciation this spring, gains are very uneven and nearly half of homes in ten of the nation’s largest markets actually lost value in May. On a house-by-house basis, about one-third fewer homes in the largest markets gained value during the heart of the spring buying season this year compared to last, ... Read More »

Rising Rents Hit 47-Month High, June Occupancy Matches Record

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The rental market set new records in June as the national annual effective rent growth rate reached 5.1%, a 47-month high for the national apartment market and continued a streak of 5.0%-plus rent growth that is the longest in at least six years, according to Axiometrics,. Though effective rent growth was also 5.1% in April and February, the June rate ... Read More »

Strong Dollar Doesn’t Deter Foreign Residents

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Sales to foreign investors interested in single family rentals are down, largely to a strengthening dollar, but foreign nationals living in the US are participating in the spring boomlet. The National Association of Realtors reports that the number of U.S. homebuyers who identified as international dropped to 2.0 percent during the first four months of 2015 from 2.5 percent a ... Read More »

Is Clear Capital a Voice in the Wilderness or a Skunk at the Picnic?

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  With annualized sales and price appreciation reports blowing away the early forecasts for 2015 and putting smiles on the faces of professionals and real estate consumers alike, is there reason to worry that there’s a major downturn lurking around the corner? Clear Capital’s vice president of research and analytics Alex Villacorta, a fearless contrarian who called Florida’s investor-driven recovery ... Read More »

Tight Credit Squeezes Older First-time Buyers More than Millennials

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  Contrary to the popular belief that Millennials should wait until their late thirties to buy a home, new research from the Center for Real Estate Analytics at the Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank.suggests that purchases by Millennials are peaking at an earlier age than their older siblings because mortgage credit has actually became tighter for older first-time buyers than for ... Read More »

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