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U.S. home prices least affordable in a decade

U.S. home prices in the first quarter were at the least affordable level since Q3 2008 according to ATTOM Data Solutions report and California is home to three of the top 5 least affordable counties. The Q2 2018 U.S. Home Affordability Report calculates an affordability index based on percentage of income needed to buy a median-priced home relative to historic averages, with ...

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Homes Selling Faster despite 7.8% rise in prices

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In May, homes sold faster than at virtually any other time in the past decade, according to the latest RE/MAX National Housing Report. Low inventory and high demand in May cut Days on Market to 46, the second-lowest monthly number in the nearly 10-year history of the report. May home sales topped April sales by 14.5% and were down by 2.8% from May ...

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May Real Estate Market the Fastest on Record; Prices Up 6.3%

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The typical home that sold in May went under contract in 34 days, according to Redfin (www.redfin.com), the next-generation real estate brokerage. May broke April’s record of 36 days, which was the fastest month Redfin had recorded going back to 2010.  Amid the speed, the national median home sale price rose to $305,600, a 6.3 percent increase from May 2017 across the 174 markets that ...

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Mortgage Demand Falls to Three-Year Low

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Mortgage lenders reported a net negative profit margin outlook for the seventh consecutive quarter, as rising home prices and tight housing supply continue to put a squeeze on mortgage demand, according to Fannie Mae’s Q2 2018 Mortgage Lender Sentiment Survey®. When asked about consumer demand for GSE eligible and government loans, the net share of lenders reporting growth in the past ...

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Better off Renting? Renters Can Create More Wealth than Buyers in Many U.S. Housing Markets Now

With housing markets around the U.S. nearing the peak in their cycles, renters who reinvest their money have an increasingly better chance at creating wealth than individuals who purchase a home, according to the latest national index produced by Florida Atlantic University and Florida International University faculty. This marginal move in the Beracha, Hardin & Johnson Buy vs. Rent (BH&J) Index shows an increased possibility of ...

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Moving Out: Californians look for houses in other states at twice U.S. average; cite sanctuary policies, affordability

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Santa Clara, San Mateo, and Los Angeles are the top three California markets where residents are leaving More than half of those searching outside their county are looking to leave California; Nearly half are looking at more affordable counties in state San Diego, San Francisco and Marin counties are generating the most out of California views California’s housing affordability crisis, sanctuary ...

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Pending Home Sales Lose Steam in April, Decline 1.3 Percent

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After two straight months of modest increases, pending home sales dipped in April to their third-lowest level over the past year, according to the National Association of Realtors®. All major regions saw no gain in contract activity last month. The Pending Home Sales Index,* www.nar.realtor/pending-home-sales, a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, declined 1.3 percent to 106.4 in April from an upwardly ...

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Home prices continue to rise

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Data released today for March 2018 shows that home prices continued their rise across the country over the last 12 months according to S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Indices. “The home price increases continue with the National Index rising at 6.5% per year,” says David M. Blitzer, Managing Director and Chairman of the Index Committee at S&P Dow Jones Indices. “Seattle continues to report the ...

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Existing-Home Sales Slide 2.5 Percent in April

After moving upward for two straight months, existing-home sales retreated in April on both a monthly and annualized basis, according to the National Association of Realtors. All four major regions saw no gain in sales activity last month. Total existing-home sales, which are completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, decreased 2.5 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual ...

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First-Time Homebuyers Pull Back For The First Time Since 2014

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A new report released Thursday shows that first-time homebuyers bought fewer homes than the previous year for the first time since 2014. The report from Genworth Mortgage Insurance, an operating segment of Genworth Financial, Inc. (NYSE: GNW), says that the number of loans for owner-occupied homes dropped 2% from a year ago. “This quarter’s decline in first-time homebuyer sales reflects ...

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Commercial Market on the Upswing, Construction Activity Sluggish

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A strengthening economy and job growth nearing historic levels have given Realtors® confidence in future commercial real estate market conditions, according to speakers at a commercial real estate forum during the 2018 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo. Lawrence Yun, chief economist of the National Association of Realtors®, led a panel discussion about the economic forces shaping commercial real estate markets and expressed ...

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Housing Confidence Bottoms Out Due to Unaffordability

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High home prices, unaffordability cause confidence in housing health to drop to lowest levels in nine quarters The desire to own a home remains high, currently at 79 percent among non-homeowners, however; 67 percent believe the American housing market is unhealthy, according to the latest ValueInsured quarterly Modern Homebuyer Survey. In addition, the number of people who believe buying a home today is a ...

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List your Home on Wednesday to Sell for the Highest Price, Thursday for the Quickest Sale

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To sell for the most money, homeowners should put their home on the market on a Wednesday, according to Redfin (www.redfin.com), the next-generation real estate brokerage. To sell the fastest, list on Thursday, Redfin says. The Redfin analysis, based on a sample of 100,000 homes that sold in 2017, found homes listed on Sunday performed the worst. Using Sunday as a baseline, ...

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Home Prices Boom 10 Years After Housing Crisis

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Home prices have returned to the boom levels of a decade ago — which foreshadowed the bursting of the real estate “bubble” and the onset of The Great Recession — but today’s housing market is starkly different, according to data released today from realtor.com®, a leading online real estate destination. Backed by tighter lending ...

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