Category Archives: National Real Estate

Say it ain’t so

From the Washington Post: The McMansion, ultimate symbol of the pre-recession boom, is back If there’s anything that typifies the boom times before the Great Recession, it is the McMansion. These sprawling houses proliferated around the country in the 2000s, … Continue reading

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May EHS exceeds expectations

From CNBC: Existing home sales hit 5.62 million units in May, vs. expectations of 5.57 million U.S. home resales unexpectedly rose in May to the third highest monthly level in a decade and a chronic inventory shortage pushed the median … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, Housing Recovery, National Real Estate | 75 Comments

No New Homes

From HousingWire: Economists: Housing inventory could soon turn into an emergency The latest report from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau showed housing starts sank to an eight-month low. Now, economists are saying … Continue reading

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It’s a good time to sell, but don’t.

From HousingWire: Capital Economics: A seller’s market won’t cure inventory shortages It’s finally a seller’s market, but according to a new Capital Economics report, the increased selling sentiment doesn’t guarantee a boost in much-needed housing inventory. Fannie Mae’s most recent … Continue reading

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Delinquencies improve, even in NJ

From National Mortgage Professional: Mortgage Delinquencies Dropped to 10-Year Low CoreLogic’s Loan Performance Insights Report shows that in March, nationally, 4.4 percent of mortgages were in some stage of delinquency (30 days or more past due including those in foreclosure), … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, Foreclosures, National Real Estate | 54 Comments

DINKS with style – what do you expect?

From MarketWatch: Why house prices in gay neighborhoods are soaring American homeowners can take pride in these prices. At the nadir of the housing market in 2012, homebuyers had to pay an average premium of almost 29%, or $209 per … Continue reading

Posted in Demographics, Economics, National Real Estate | 31 Comments

Can’t live in one, can’t live without one

From MarketWatch: Mortgages are unaffordable in half of America’s largest housing markets Owning a home is becoming an increasingly unaffordable proposition in many of the largest metropolitan areas across the U.S. In more than half of the nation’s 35 largest … Continue reading

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Escalades and Jet Skis … Baby!

From HousingWire: Homeowner equity soars in first quarter Homeowner equity increased significantly in the first quarter of 2017, according to the Q1 2017 home equity analysis from CoreLogic, a property information, analytics and data-enabled solutions provider. Homeowners with a mortgage, … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, Mortgages, National Real Estate | 85 Comments

Slowdown ahead?

From CNBC: Fast-rising home prices finally hit a wall This spring may be one of the hottest sellers’ markets in history, but even off-the-chart-demand can’t put every potential buyer in a home of their own. If the house is too … Continue reading

Posted in Demographics, Economics, Employment, National Real Estate | 112 Comments

Shaping up to be the strongest year yet?

From CBS News: House-hunting in 2017? You’ll need a fatter wallet What’s on your TV? In many middle-class homes, programs about house-hunting now compete for viewers with sporting events, cooking shows and financial advice. Americans are house-hungry. And nothing proves … Continue reading

Posted in Demographics, Economics, Employment, Housing Recovery, National Real Estate | 130 Comments

Refis down, foreclosures down, purchases down

From DSNews: First-time Foreclosure Starts Hit All-time Low Both mortgage originations and foreclosures are in freefall, according to the recent Mortgage Monitor report released by Black Knight Financial Services on Monday. Overall originations dropped 34 percent over the first quarter … Continue reading

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National home prices hit 33 month high

From CNBC: Growth in US home prices continues in March, reaching 33-month high U.S. home prices rose slightly less than what was anticipated for the month of March, according to new data from the S&P/Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price Index. … Continue reading

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Does this explain the construction gap?

From Bloomberg: Foreclosures Dry Up and a Hot Wall Street Trade Gets New Look It was a rare lucrative business for Wall Street in the aftermath of the financial crisis: snapping up properties in foreclosure and renting them out. So … Continue reading

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Shiller on the origins of housing’s animal spirits

From the New York Times: How Tales of ‘Flippers’ Led to a Housing Bubble There is still no consensus on why the last housing boom and bust happened. That is troubling, because that violent housing cycle helped to produce the … Continue reading

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The building boom cometh

From Builder Magazine: REALTORS: EXISTING HOME SALES TO RISE 3.5% THIS YEAR. Job gains and improving household confidence are expected to guide existing-home sales to a decade high in 2017, but supply and affordability headwinds and modest economic growth are … Continue reading

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