Category Archives: National Real Estate

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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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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Good thing the rich are rich

From CNBC: The $1 billion price cut: Luxury real estate gets slashed The most expensive real-estate in America just became a little less expensive — with $1 billion in price cuts among America’s top listings over the past few months, … 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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Urbanization, but only at the right price

From USA Today: Home prices: Even midsize cities are getting pricey, leading some buyers to smaller markets A couple of years ago, freshly-minted college graduates Jon and Samantha Reidy crisscrossed North Carolina in search of a place to settle and … Continue reading

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Rise of Gen Z

From Bloomberg: Gen Z Is Set to Outnumber Millennials Within a Year Millennials are about to be surpassed by Generation Z. Gen Z will comprise 32 percent of the global population of 7.7 billion in 2019, nudging ahead of millennials, … Continue reading

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Price Reduced!

From HousingWire: Is housing becoming a buyer’s market? Home sellers have begun cutting back their listing price, especially at the high end of the housing market, leaving open the possibility that it is now beginning to shift to a buyer’s … 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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The Big Slow

From the Philly Inquirer: Is Philly’s housing market still hot? As buyers grow nervous and tired, home prices are slowing Even before she and her husband started seriously house-hunting for their first home, Nicole Benson Paul had heard the stories … Continue reading

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Yep, this will end well

From MarketWatch: The new housing play: Helping priced-out renters become long-distance landlords Leland Char is a 28-year-old product manager for a large San Francisco-based tech company. He loves the Bay Area’s “very authentic Asian food and new American cuisine, smart … Continue reading

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May Case Shiller

From HousingWire: Case-Shiller: Home prices rising at least twice the rate of inflation To absolutely no one’s surprise, home prices increased once again in May, and even showed double-digit gains in some markets on the West Coast, and increasing at … Continue reading

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