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Demand and Inventory Drought Drive Up Price Forecasts

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Housing economists and experts are raising their price forecasts for the balance of the year as relentlessly low inventories and strong demand continue to drive prices up prices and crippled affordability, especially for entry-level buyers in more active markets. The 2017 Q2 Zillow Home Price Expectations Survey found that the more than 100 participants in its latest survey expect prices ... Read More »

Mortgage Fraud on the Rise as Buyers Scramble to Land Homes

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  The frequency of defects, fraudulence and misrepresentation in the information submitted in mortgage loan applications increased 3.9 percent in March 2017 as compared with the previous month. Firse American’s Defect Index for purchase transactions increased 2.4 percent compared to last month, and is up 3.6 percent compared to a year ago. “This month, the Loan Application Defect Index continued ... Read More »

Depleted Inventories Seen Cutting Home Sales This Year

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The supply of homes for sale this spring is so depleted that one of the nation’s valuation firms predicts that the inventory drought will reduce total home sales this year as shortages drive up prices and buyers fail to find properties they can afford, according to the latest analysis from Pro Teck Valuation’s Home Value Forecast. “The lack of inventory ... Read More »

March Sales: New Listings Were Off to the Races

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March buyers blew the roof off housing markets as they heeded warnings about the limited supplies of home for sale and found houses in record time.  National monthly market reports on March transactions chronicled surge of sales as the spring season kicked off and tens of thousands of new listings turned over in a matter of days. “We expected a ... Read More »

Diversity Seen as Key to Revive Homeownership

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After two quarters of improvement, the national homeownership rate stayed at 63.6 percent in the first quarter—statistically the same level as the last quarter of 2016.  The Homeownership  Preservation Foundation has a formula for reviving the recovery: Continue to give hope to diverse homeowners. “By helping more diverse consumers become financially stable with financial coaching, from rural areas to small ... Read More »

Truth from Trulia: The Unrecovered Housing Economy

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Donald Trump’s rise through the GOP primaries and a surprise victory in November unmasked a deep and widespread angst over the quality of nation’s economic recovery. While national numbers on job growth and income levels have looked encouraging to national journalists and Washington-centric politicians, from the perspective of corner cafes and assembly line floors in heartland states, the picture has ... Read More »

Single Family Rental Update: Are Landlords Selling?

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During the Foreclosure Flood, four to six million foreclosures—about as many homes as are sold nationally every year—switched from ownership to rental, bringing the total of single family rentals to about 14 million, more than ever recorded. The boom in single-family rentals has left an indelible mark on the nation’s housing economy.  The loss of these properties, most of the ... Read More »

Trump Budget Cuts HUD-Funded Down Payment Assistance and Homebuyer Education Programs

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Three major sources of support for local down payment assistance and homebuyer education programs—Community Development Block Grants, the HOME Investments Partnerships Program and NeighborWorks America—would be eliminated under the Trump Administration’s proposed FY 2018 budget released March 16. Also, under a revised FY 2017 budget proposal announced March 28, the Administration seeks to cut funding by half this year for ... Read More »

Listings Drought Threatens as New Listings Fall Short

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February is a critical month, a time when the spring market is opening in warmer states and is just weeks away in the upper Midwest and New England.  In a typical year, it is a month when the best stagers are booked, painters are busy, landscapers are trimming hedges and sodding lawns of homes soon to be listed, and agents ... Read More »

Will Rising Rates Slow Home Price Appreciation?

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For buyers and real estate professionals, the specter of consistently rising rates over the balance of the year is not a pleasant one.  Higher rates raise the total cost of buying a home for the majority of buyers who finance their purchases.  At some point, rising rates will hurt sales. If so, won’t rising rates also dampen the torrid price ... Read More »

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