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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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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Luxury Market on Record Streak

The luxury market is on a record streak, with double-digit growth in 19 of the largest markets in the nation, according to the July Luxury Home Index by realtor.com®. High-end homes are moving rapidly, with age of inventory at 108 days—11 days faster than in July 2017—and $1 million-plus properties on the rise. “The strong […]

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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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Supreme Court Ruling in Wayfair Case a Win for Real Estate and States

On June 21, the Supreme Court issued its holding on South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc., reversing a long-standing rule on online sales tax collection in a decision that’s a win for real estate, brick-and-mortar retailers and the states. The case dealt with whether states can require out-of-state online retailers to charge and remit sales tax […]

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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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Deadly California Wildfires Claim Lives and Real Estate

Fires Continue to Rage in Northern California The Carr Fire—the largest of the 17 currently ravaging Northern California, and the fourth most destructive in the state’s history—has claimed the lives of seven people and burned through 160,049 acres across Shasta and Trinity counties (at press time), as well as destroyed over 1,000 homes, 24 commercial […]

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