Category Archives: National Real Estate

Insanity

From HousingWire: Appraisals may soon not be required on certain home sales of $400,000 and under Certain home sales of $400,000 and under may soon not need an appraisal, as federal regulators are close to approving a proposal to increase … Continue reading

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Look at the bright side America, you can afford to live in Detroit

From HousingWire: These are the nation’s most affordable housing markets for middle-class families The era of unusually affordable housing has ended, meaning America’s housing affordability has returned to average historical levels. While this means homes are no longer cheap on a … Continue reading

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Don’t Fear The Reaper (or maybe you should)

From CNBC: More signs point to a softer housing market, even as mortgage rates fall Homebuilders and buyers alike are pulling back, even as mortgage rates fall to multiyear lows. The housing market is simply too pricey, and consumers are … Continue reading

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Snap back to reality

From Mortgage Professional America: Homeowners are getting really good at valuing their homes The gap between the value homeowners put on their refinance mortgage applications and the value assessed by professional appraisers has narrowed for the third straight month. The … Continue reading

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School rules

From HousingWire: Half of homebuyers with kids base purchase on school district Purchasing a home is one of the biggest decisions a person can make during their lifetime. After all, where you live determines many factors about your life, including … Continue reading

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May Case Chiller

From Marketwatch: Home prices continue to slow in May, Case-Shiller says The numbers: Home price inflation slowed further in May as the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20-city index rose 0.1% in May compared with April on a seasonally adjusted basis. On an … Continue reading

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Sorry, no homes for you

From HousingWire: Millennials want to buy homes, but their wallets are saying no As summertime heats up, it’s safe to say that spring has officially come to an end. But while its cooler days may be behind us, data says … Continue reading

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Ugly June

From CNBC: US existing home sales fell 1.7% in June, vs 0.2% drop expected U.S. home sales fell more than expected in June as a persistent shortage of properties pushed prices to a record high, suggesting the housing market was … Continue reading

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To hell with local rule?

Important enough to make the main page, from Curbed: Cory Booker and Elizabeth Warren want to force cities to adopt YIMBY policies. Can they? The state of Oregon has effectively banned single-family zoning. Minneapolis upzoned nearly the entire city, 75 percent of … Continue reading

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Median price hits new high (but not everywhere)

From HousingWire: Median home price climbs to all-time high The median price of single-family homes in the U.S. has climbed to a record high, reaching $266,000 in the second quarter. That’s up 10.8% from the previous quarter and up 6.4% … Continue reading

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Most stable market in…forever?

From CNBC: Housing-market distress is at its lowest in at least 20 years — can it hold?  In the aftermath of the housing crisis, lenders and regulators clamped down hard to make sure we’d never have another bubble like the … Continue reading

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Home prices pick up speed

From HousingWire: Annual home-price growth reverses course, finally rises After 14 months of slowing home-price gains, the pace of growth finally picked up speed in May, increasing by 3.6% on an annual basis, according to the latest from CoreLogic. And, it … Continue reading

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The first cracks?

From Curbed: SF home prices drop, still unaffordable for all On Thursday, Orange County-based data firm Core Logic reported that the median home price in San Francisco is down year over year, dropping four percent in May. Earlier this year, … Continue reading

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May contracts tick higher

From MarketWatch: Pending home sales roar higher, but the housing market is still in low gear Pending home sales jumped by a seasonally adjusted 1.1% in May but were 0.7% lower than a year ago, the National Association of Realtors said … Continue reading

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Blame the Boomers

From The Atlantic: The Boomers Ruined Everything The Baby Boomers ruined America. That sounds like a hyperbolic claim, but it’s one way to state what I found as I tried to solve a riddle. American society is going through a … Continue reading

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