Category Archives: Housing Recovery

Pending sales fall again, 11th consecutive month

From CNBC: Pending home sales fall unexpectedly in November Contracts to buy previously owned homes fell unexpectedly in November, the National Association of Realtors said on Friday, the latest sign of weakness in the U.S. housing market. The NAR’s pending … Continue reading

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Gains continue to moderate

From MarketWatch: U.S. home-price gains keep slowing as higher rates scare off buyers, Case-Shiller shows The S&P/Case-Shiller 20-city index rose a seasonally adjusted 0.4% in October but in a clear sign of the housing market’s recent struggles the increase in … Continue reading

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Flippers pulling out

From the Washington Post: Home flipping takes a hit In yet another sign of a slowdown in the national housing market, the number of homes that were flipped — sold within one year of purchase — declined by 12 percent … Continue reading

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It’s different now, or is it a different kind of bubble now?

From Bloomberg: Trouble in Housing? It’s More 1994 Than 2007 Housing market softness in the back half of 2018 has investors and the public wondering how bad things might get. It’s understandable that people would be worried, considering that the … Continue reading

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The middle class was an anomaly

Great read from Ritholtz at Bloomberg: Why America Has a Two-Track Economy Which of these two scenarios describes the U.S. economy? No. 1. The economy is better than ever: The stock market is near a record high, wages are rising, … Continue reading

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Ah hell, they went and said it…

From MarketWatch: Home-price gains decelerate to 11-month low as housing market tries for a soft landing The numbers: The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20-city index rose 0.1%, seasonally adjusted, in July, and was up 5.9% compared with a year ago. What … Continue reading

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Existing home sales flat in August, prices up, inventory up slightly

From HousingWire: Existing home sales held steady in August After falling for four consecutive months, existing home sales held its ground in August, according to the latest report from the National Association of Realtors. Total existing home sales, completed transactions … Continue reading

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Everything is holding housing back

From MarketWatch: This is why Americans are losing confidence in the housing market Today, less people are buying houses. According to Fannie Mae, a mere 24% of Americans feel like now is a good time to buy a house. Looking … Continue reading

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Long Island prices gain through summer

From LI Patch: Long Island Home Prices Continue to Soar Long Island’s housing market continues to grow, as a report released today by the Multiple Listing Service of Long Island showed that housing prices are up and more homes are … Continue reading

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Bye Bye Refi

From HousingWire: Originations fall to 4-year low due to rising interest rates The signs were all there. It was clear that mortgage originations were trending down as interest rates rose, but it’s still striking to see the results in black … Continue reading

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Price growth slows. Pause or Dip?

From CNBC: Home price gains slow down in June: S&P Case-Shiller Homebuyers are pulling back, and prices are finally following. Home prices are still rising, but the gains are shrinking. In June, prices nationally rose 6.2 percent year over year, … Continue reading

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The Slump

From MarketWatch: Pending home sales stumble as housing market momentum wanes The numbers: Pending-home sales declined 0.7% in July, the National Association of Realtors said Wednesday. What happened: NAR’s index, which tracks real-estate transactions in which a contract has been … Continue reading

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Plenty of room to run?

From CNBC: The housing recovery isn’t over, it just feels like it is A slew of negative housing numbers for July are piling up on top of a slew of negative housing numbers from the last several months. Sales of … Continue reading

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The new “rate lock”

From HousingWire: Goodbye refi: Rising interest rates all but erase refinance demand While mortgage interest rates dipped ever so slightly in the last week, they’ve been trending up for the majority of this year. In fact, the interest rate on … Continue reading

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Owners staying put is causing the inventory crunch

From HousingWire: First-time homebuyers dominate mortgage market First-time homebuyers may be facing rising affordability issues, but they are still outpacing the share of repeat buyers in the housing market, according to the latest report from the Urban Institute. This is … Continue reading

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