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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Big Boys Have Moved into Smaller Markets in the South and Midwest

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Big institutional investors — companies that have purchased at least 10 properties in a calendar year — accounted for 5.9 percent of all U.S. residential property sales in February, up from a revised 5.0 percent of sales in January but down from 7.2 percent of sales in February 2013. February was the third consecutive month where the institutional investor share ... Read More »

Rising Rents Move Tenants to Suburbs

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  It’s getting tough to find an apartment for $1000 or less a month in any major market these days according to a new survey from Apartments.com/ Apartments.com recently analyzed data from the top 100 most searched markets on its website to compare the vast variety of apartments available for around $1,000 a month in cities across the country. The ... Read More »

Investors Ended 2013 on a Roll

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Though experts predict investors will be buying fewer residential properties in 2014 (see Experts Raise Price Forecast for 2014, they ended 2013 on a roll. The latest survey of Realtors by the research staff at the National Association of Realtors found that the investor market share topped 21 percent in December, about the same level as during the glory days ... Read More »

Flipping Moves on Up as Profits Rise 19 Percent

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Higher prices and fewer foreclosures have not put a dent in the flipping business.  In fact, last year saw 156,862 single family home flips — where a home is purchased and subsequently sold again within six months — in 2013, up 16 percent from 2012 and up 114 percent from 2011, according to RealtyTrac’s Year-End and Q4 2013 Home Flipping ... Read More »