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Sneak Attack! Closing Costs Soar 20.8 Percent

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While most homebuyers are focused on rising home prices, closing costs are rising nearly as quickly over the past three years, increasing by more than 20 percent since 2010, according to Bankrate.com Mortgage closing costs rose 6 percent over 2013 after rising 6 percent in 2012 and 8.8 percent in 2011 The now average $2,539 on a $200,000 loan. Each ... Read More »

Consolidation Creates Megalandlords Dominating Single Family Rentals

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“Now we’ll sweep up everybody over the next two years who got stuck, who says I have home price appreciation, which they do. They bought right, but now they are stuck.” The chief executive officer of the second largest hedge fund landlord articulated in an interview with Bloomberg why a handful of megalords are the process of dominating the single ... Read More »

Zillow: Don’t Buy a Home in Hartford!

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The folks in Conecticut will be unpleasantly surprised to learn they beat out Vegas and Miami as the riskiest market to buy a home. Zillow set out to look at the markets where housing prices have declined the most over the past 35 years  and chained the Zillow Home Value Index (ZHVI) backward in time to 1979 Q4 using the ... Read More »

Apartment Rents Reach New Heights

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  National apartment occupancy reached 95% for the first time in at least six years in May 2014, helping to drive effective rent growth for the year to date ending in May by 3.7%, the highest growth since the trough of the recession. “Axiometrics began tracking apartment data on a monthly basis in April 2008, and this is the first ... Read More »

REOs: They’re B-a-a-a-a-ck

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  REOs (bank-owned foreclosures) have returned in force just in time for the spring season and to benefit from prices that have been rising for a year or more.  Banks are listing foreclosures, some of which have been in the works since the end of the robo-signing scandal. As delinquency rates remain low, the new REOs are likely to be ... Read More »

Repos Increase as Banks Clean House

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Despite a decrease in overall foreclosure activity, bank repossessions in April increased 4 percent from the previous month, although they were still down 14 percent from a year ago. There were a total of 30,056 bank repossessions nationwide in April. Bank repossessions increased from the previous month in 26 states and were up from a year ago in 16 states, ... Read More »

How Far will Investors Fade?

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The bloom may be officially off the boom in investment sales as they declined in 2013 for a second straight year after soaring in 2011 at the height of the large foreclosure inventories. Investor purchases declined 15.9 percent last year from the 1.23 million sales peak set in 2011. Investment-home sales fell 8.5 percent to an estimated 1.10 million in ... Read More »

Shadow Inventory Down 23 Percent, Foreclosure Inventory Shrinks 35 Percent

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The numbers of foreclosures and potential foreclosures have fallen dramatically over the past 12 months as the foreclosure picture rapidly returns to pre-2006 levels.  The decline in foreclosures in the pipeline has important ramifications for real estate investors and local markets that are returning to health as they recover from the foreclosure flood that produced 4.9 million foreclosures since 2008. ... Read More »

Rising Prices Seen Driving Investors Out

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The salad days of low price tier home sales (homes selling for $95,000 and less) that fueled the recovery over the last two years are ending and with them, the legions of investors that have led the nation’s housing recovery. “The Investors Did Their Job,” headlines Clear Capital’s latest market report.  “Can traditional home buyers take it from here?” Deeply ... Read More »

Texas Tops LMM List of Investment Targets

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Three Texas markets lead the list of markets facing  a housing shortage that will boost home prices even higher than expected in the spring buying season, according to Local Market Monitor’s quarterly top investment targets. “The economy has been growing quickly in these markets, there are lots of renters, and there aren’t many foreclosed properties to provide competition,” noted Ingo ... Read More »