Buyers Lured to Midwest: Realtor.com

Buyers are eyeing the Midwest, where, compared to the coasts, there are more practical prices, according to the latest ranking by realtor.com®. July’s hottest housing markets, based on days on market and online views, were: 1. Midland, Texas Age of Inventory (Median): 29 days 2. Fort Wayne, Ind. Age of Inventory (Median): 34 days 3. […]

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NAHB: Affordability Hits Lowest in 10 Years

Affordability has hit its lowest in 10 years, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunities Index (HOI) for the second quarter of 2018. Approximately 57 percent of homes sold in the second quarter were affordable based on income (the median, nationally, is $71,900), down from roughly 62 percent in the […]

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Building Claws Higher in July

Building clawed 0.9 percent higher in July, but still underwhelmed year-over-year, according to the Commerce Department. Combined, housing starts totaled 1.17 million, with 303,000 multifamily (five units or more) starts and 862,000 single-family starts. On an annual basis, starts tumbled 1.4 percent. Approvals for builds, encouragingly, increased 1.5 percent to 1.31 million permits, with approvals […]

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Appraisals Catch Up to Homeowner Opinions

Appraisers and homeowners are on similar wavelengths, with appraisals coming in only 0.28 percent under what homeowners expected in July, according to the Quicken Loans National Home Price Perception Index (HPPI). Appraised home values rose 4.86 percent year-over-year, according to the Quicken Loans National Home Value Index (HVI). “The story the HPPI is currently telling […]

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Homes by the Millions ‘Missing’ Thanks to Underbuilding

With building halted in the recession and construction at insufficient levels since, there is a 6.3 million deficit in the housing stock, according to an analysis newly released by Zillow. From 2008 on, there have been 1.9 approved building permits (single-family) per 1,000 people—but, historically, the number has been 3.9. According to the analysis, if […]

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Homeowner Households Outpaced by Renters: Zillow

From the crest prior to the recession up through 2016, the country’s largest markets now have more renters, according to an analysis recently released by Zillow. In 2000, the rate of renters was 33 percent; from 2006 to 2016, the rate rose from 31 percent to 36 percent. More than half of the 50 largest […]

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Confidence in Housing Teeters

After a positive start to the summer, the confidence consumers have in housing is teetering, according to the Fannie Mae Home Purchase Sentiment Index® (HPSI) for July. At 86.5, the Index sunk 4.2 percentage points month-over-month, and 0.3 percentage points year-over-year. Twenty-four percent of homebuyers were optimistic about purchasing—a four-percentage point dip from June—and 41 […]

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Affordability Challenges Keep Millennials on the Sidelines

Affordability is fading fast—and although millennials are eager to enter the market, and succeeding, they’re bearing the brunt of the challenge, according to recent research. Sixty-three percent of millennials under 29 are challenged by the cost of homeownership, according to a CoreLogic and RTi Research study. The expense, in fact, is their No. 1 reason […]

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Inventory: Is the Drought Easing?

When it comes to the housing market, the conversation has been dominated by pricey properties and short supply—but, under the radar, there has been an improvement in inventory, according to realtor.com®’s recently released July 2018 Monthly Housing Trend Report. The easing, however, is not at the entry level, but in the high-priced tier. In July, […]

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Building Momentum for Mortgage Rates

There is a building momentum in mortgage rates, with the average 30-year, fixed rate up for the second straight week, according to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®). The average 30-year fixed increased to 4.6 percent, up from 4.54 percent the prior week. The average 15-year, fixed, meanwhile, rose to 4.08 percent, up from […]

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