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Pending Home Sales Dip 1.8 Percent in August

Pending home sales fell slightly in August and have now decreased on an annual basis for eight straight months, according to the National Association of Realtors. The Pending Home Sales Index, a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, decreased 1.8 percent to 104.2 in August from 106.1 in July. With last month’s decline, contract signings are now down 2.3 percent year-over-year. ...

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Home Prices Rise Three Times Faster than Rents

Only 41 percent of the U.S. population lives in a county where a median-income household can afford to buy a median list price home As home prices rise across the U.S., choosing to rent has become increasingly popular. New analysis by realtor.com® reveals the monthly costs of buying a home have risen by 14 percent over the past year. This ...

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Millennials’ View of Home Buying Turns Negative

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Millennials’ perceived value in buying a home dropped below 50 percent, down significantly from post-Brexit high, according to the latest ValueInsured quarterly Modern Homebuyer Survey: In the third quarter of 2018, 48 percent of all millennials believe buying a home in America today is a good investment; this is a record low, down from 54 percent in the second quarter. The previous high ...

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More than Six Million Homes Missing From U.S. Housing Market

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One of the defining characteristics of today’s housing market is the lack of available inventory, and much of this scarcity can be traced back to the lack of building following the bubble’s burst. Between 1985 and 2000, there were 3.9 permits issued for single-family homes per 1,000 residents. Since 2008, that mark stands at just 1.9 permits per 1,000 people. ...

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Pending Home Sales Rise 0.9 Percent in June

Pending home sales increased in all four major regions in June, but overall activity lagged year-ago levels for the sixth straight month, according to an industry report. The Pending Home Sales Index, a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, rose 0.9 percent to 106.9 in June from 105.9 in May. Despite last month’s increase, contract signings are still down 2.5 percent ...

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Half of All U.S. Homes Are More Valuable than Pre-Recession Peak

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In seven of the 35 largest U.S. housing markets, more than 95 percent of homes are worth more than their peak value during the housing boom The median U.S. home value is $217,300, up 8.3 percent over the past year Home values are 8.4 percent higher than they were at the height of the housing bubble Median rent rose 1.3 ...

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Median Home Sale Price Reaches Nine-Year High, Sales Decline

Halfway through 2018, prices are at record highs, inventory is at record lows and home sales are trailing 2017’s pace, according to the RE/MAX National Housing Report. June sales were 5.5% lower than June 2017 in the 54 metro areas surveyed, marking the seventh consecutive month of year-over-year declines. Headed in the opposite direction, the June Median Sales Price of $258,500 was an all-time high ...

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Rent Prices for Two and Three-Bedroom Homes Rising Fast

Monthly rent for two and three-bedroom homes are appreciating 2.8 percent annually, which is faster than one-bedroom homes and the nation as a whole Rent growth among two and three-bedroom homes are appreciating faster than one-bedroom units and the nation as a whole Rent prices rose 2.8 percent over the past year among both two-bedroom and three-bedroom homes. Median rent ...

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Housing Demand Index Up 7% in May

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Housing demand increased 7.4% in May according to the Redfin Housing Demand Index just released. The rise was driven by a 6.3 percent increase in the number of homebuyers requesting tours, and a 9.7 percent increase in the number making offers on homes from April to May. The Demand Index is based on thousands of Redfin customers requesting home tours and ...

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A Guide to Starting Property Flipping

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Flipping is where you buy a property, refurbish it, and sell it to make income. You will find that you may get financially or emotionally drained at times and if this happens you might be begging your old boss for a job again. Here is the right and easy way to make money in 7 easy tips: 1. Expect to ...

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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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