Category Archives: National Real Estate

Should I stay or should I go?

From HousingWire: Here’s the inventory crisis smothering Millennial homebuying

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How low can inventory go?

From HousingWire: Realtors: Majority of metros hit peak levels in 2016 The fourth quarter of 2016 saw the best quarterly sales pace of the year, but also pushed housing inventory to record lows, and many markets to home prices with … Continue reading

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Annual home prices accelerating … with rates higher?

From MarketWatch: Home prices accelerating in the face of rising mortgage rates U.S. house prices rose at an accelerated pace in December, a sign that higher mortgage rates aren’t yet diminishing outsize demand for properties. Data provider CoreLogic said its … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, Housing Bubble, Housing Recovery, National Real Estate | 146 Comments

Up or Down or Up or Down or Up or Down

From Marketwatch: Housing demand may keep market afloat, even if rates rise How will the housing market handle rising rates? Ever since the November election, when the unexpected Trump victory sent bond yields flying and mortgage rates following closely behind, … Continue reading

Posted in Demographics, Economics, National Real Estate, Politics, Risky Lending | 64 Comments

Foreclosure auctions beginning to normalize?

From HousingWire: Third-party sales at foreclosure auctions now higher than ever Investors are undaunted by rising home prices and increasing interest rates, and perhaps even encouraged by it, as the share of third-party sales at foreclosure auctions reached a new … Continue reading

Posted in Foreclosures, National Real Estate | 147 Comments

What bubble? What bust?

From the WSJ: Home Price Growth Showed No Signs of Slowing in November, Case-Shiller Says Home prices climbed strongly in November, as price growth showed no signs of slowing even after mortgage rates began to tick up during the month. … Continue reading

Posted in Housing Bubble, Housing Recovery, National Real Estate | 79 Comments

Rates scaring off buyers?

From the WSJ: U.S. New Home Sales Drop Sharply in December New home sales posted a steep decline in December, an indication that affordability challenges are beginning to cut into demand. Purchases of newly built, single-family houses, which account for … Continue reading

Posted in Mortgages, National Real Estate, New Development | 148 Comments

So much for that FHA cut

From MarketWatch: Trump already suspends Obama-era FHA mortgage insurance cut The Federal Housing Administration will roll back a cut in mortgage insurance premiums announced just days earlier under outgoing Housing and Urban Development head Julian Castro, the government said Friday. … Continue reading

Posted in Mortgages, National Real Estate, Politics | 142 Comments

NJ to get 200,000 new homes

From the WSJ: Court Orders N.J. Towns to Allow Affordable Housing New Jersey towns and cities must accommodate unmet affordable-housing needs, the state Supreme Court said Wednesday in a unanimous decision that could greatly expand housing options for the state’s … Continue reading

Posted in National Real Estate, New Jersey Real Estate | 139 Comments

“Take a vacation on the house.”

From CNBC: Rising home values aren’t enough to shake consumers’ memories of the financial crisis Consumers still see value in buying and owning homes. Yet with memories of the recession still fresh in their minds, the recent lift in real … Continue reading

Posted in Housing Bubble, Mortgages, National Real Estate, Risky Lending | 85 Comments

Blue Horseshoe loves Ben Carson

From HousingWire: Housing industry rallies around Ben Carson for HUD secretary Do you remember that controversy about former presidential candidate and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson being nominated as the next secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development? … Continue reading

Posted in Mortgages, National Real Estate, Politics | 22 Comments

November foreclosure inventory down 30%

From Corelogic: CoreLogic Reports 26,000 Completed Foreclosures in November 2016 CoreLogic® (NYSE: CLGX), a leading global property information, analytics and data-enabled solutions provider, today released its November 2016 National Foreclosure Report, which shows the foreclosure inventory declined by 30 percent … Continue reading

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As rates rise, FHA cuts premiums

From MarketWatch: After mortgage-rate spike, FHA to cut insurance premium The Federal Housing Administration will reduce the annual premium borrowers pay, in order to expand credit access to more Americans, the government announced Monday. Borrowers who close on an FHA … Continue reading

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November Prices Push Higher

From CoreLogic: CoreLogic US Home Price Report Shows Prices Up 7.1 Percent in November 2016 Home prices nationwide, including distressed sales, increased year over year by 7.1 percent in November 2016 compared with November 2015 and increased month over month … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, National Real Estate | 62 Comments

So much for the bump

From Reuters: Pending home sales drop to 10-month low in November Contracts to buy previously owned U.S. homes fell in November to their lowest level in nearly a year, a sign rising interest rates could be weighing on the housing … Continue reading

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