Home prices are rising at a slower rate than past 4 years: FHFA

U.S. home prices rose 6.5 percent year-over-year in the second quarter of 2018, according to the latest Federal Housing Finance Agency data.

Existing-Home Sales Stuck

Another Month, Another Sales Slump For the fourth month straight, existing-home sales slid, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) reports. Activity declined 0.7 percent in July, to 5.34 million, down 1.5 percent from the prior year. Inventory rewound, as well, down 0.5 percent to 1.92 million. “Led by a notable decrease in closings in the […]

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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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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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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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More than 10% of US properties still ‘seriously underwater’ in Q2

More than 10 percent of U.S. properties were still seriously underwater in the second quarter of 2018, according to a new study from ATTOM Data Solutions.

Home prices in the nation’s metros reach an all-time high

Home prices in the nation’s metropolitan areas reached an all-time high in the second quarter of 2018, according to a new survey from NAR.

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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