Compared to Homeowner Opinions, Appraisals Come in Just Shy

Appraisals came in 0.29 percent shy of what homeowners perceived in terms of value, according to the Quicken Loans National Home Price Perception (HPPI). Appraised home values rose 5.69 percent year-over-year, according to the Quicken Loans National Home Value Index (HVI). “A wide gap between the estimated home value and the appraised value can cause […]

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Gas Pipelines a Blight in Real Estate? Explosions and Easements May Cause Resale Concerns

Natural gas. In recent years, when hearing this single, seemingly minor detail for a property’s utility hook-up, buyers typically conveyed a tone of excitement. Nationally and in recent history, natural gas has been the leading choice for heating fuel in the U.S. residential property space; however, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, electric heat […]

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Inventory Watch: Is ‘Big Change’ on the Horizon?

The grip on inventory is loosening, with fresh listings sprouting up and the severity of the shortage starting to unwind, according to findings by realtor.com®. On an annual basis, there were 8 percent more listings on the market in September, according to data from the site, or over 465,000 new properties. The biggest boosts were […]

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Student Loan Debt: Ongoing Hurdle to Homeownership

The U.S. currently has a student debt load of over $1.4 trillion, which accounts for 10 percent of all outstanding debt and 35 percent of non-housing debt. The magnitude of the debt continues to grow in size and share of the overall debt in the economy. While this amount of debt has risen, the homeownership […]

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In ‘Healthy Shift,’ More Homeowners on Board With Selling

Are homeowners warming up? With prices rapidly rising, homeowners have been reluctant to sell, fearful of being unable to afford another home—a catch-22, because inventory is limited as it is, and compounded further when homes are kept off the market. Now, their confidence is growing, according to the latest National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Housing […]

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It’s a Sellers’ Market—but Not for Millennials: Report

Even as homeowners, millennials are drawing the short straw. According to the 2018 Zillow Group Report on Consumer Housing Trends, newly released, millennial sellers—even with the proverbial “upper hand”—are having to change their closing date or cut their list price. Many, even, have had deals fall apart, against outside stressors and tight timelines—and, the majority […]

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Pending Home Sales Slip, Trampled by West

For the housing market, gaining ground is proving to be a struggle. On an annual basis—and for the eighth month in a row—pending home sales slipped, according to the August National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI). Activity backtracked 1.8 percent month-over-month and 2.3 percent year-over-year. According to the Index, activity contracted in […]

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Case-Shiller: Ease-Off in Home Prices

The foot on the gas is letting up. The explosive growth in home prices is slowing, according to the latest S&P CoreLogic/Case-Shiller Indices, which found July prices rose 6 percent year-over-year—an easing from 6.2 percent in June, and a March peak of 6.5 percent. “Rising homes prices are beginning to catch up with housing,” says […]

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Market Report: Flatter Rents and Slowing Values

According to the August Zillow® Real Estate Market Report, home prices and rents slowed as summer wound down, with prices up 6.5 percent year-over-year—a departure from 8.2 percent this spring—and rents unchanged. Based on the Zillow Home Value Index and the Zillow Rent Index, the median price is $216,700, and the median rent is $1,440. […]

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No Gain, No Loss: Existing-Home Sales Stabilize

August existing-home sales stabilized, ending a regressive streak, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) reports. At 5.34 million, activity neither decreased nor increased from July, but was down 1.5 percent from the prior year. Inventory month-over-month also steadied, at 1.92 million—a jump from 1.87 million the prior year. Activity was carried by the Midwest and […]

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