Monthly Archives: November 2012

Why The FHA’s Reserve Shortfall Won’t Likely Affect U.S. Public Finance Housing Ratings

CNBC Exclusive Interview with David Blitzer on U.S. Home Prices for September

David Blitzer, Managing Director and Chairman of the S&P Index Committee, discusses the latest data results for the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices on CNBC.

Home Prices Rise for the Sixth Straight Month According to the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices

Data through September 2012, released today by S&P Dow Jones Indices for its S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, the leading measure of U.S. home prices, showed that home prices continued to rise in the third quarter of 2012.  To access click here:  S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices – November 2012

Foreclosure Activity Ticked Up in October

— RealtyTrac® (, last week released its U.S. Foreclosure Market Report™ for October 2012, which shows foreclosure filings — default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions — were reported on 186,455 U.S. properties in October, an increase of 3 percent from September but still down 19 percent from October 2011. The report also shows one in […]

S&P/Case-Shiller Home Prices Report due Tuesday 11/27

The S&P/Case-Shiller report on home prices for September is due on Tuesday morning November 27th at 9 AM.  Forecasts point to further gains with the 20 city index advancing month to month and year-over-year.  The report comes amidst a long run of good housing news showing higher sales and starts as we move into the […]

National Credit Default Rates Increased in October 2012 According to the S&P/Experian Consumer Credit Default Indices

S&P Dow Jones Indices released today the latest results for the S&P/Experian Consumer Credit Default Indices. Data is through October 2012.  To access click: S&P/Experian Consumer Credit Default Indices – November 2012

More Good News as Housing Starts Surge

October Housing starts rose 3.6% to 894,000, a four year high. Starts were strongest in the West with a 17% gain followed by the Midwest with a 6.5% gain; starts fell in the South (-6.5%) and the Northeast (-2.5%).  Permits for future construction, which surged in September, slid back in October to 866,000 units, a […]

The Fiscal Cliff Could Have Far-Reaching Effects On Municipal Housing

The fiscal cliff — a combination of an 8.2% spending cut and various tax increases that the U.S. could enact if Congress doesn’t address the federal government’s growing debt — could have far-reaching effects on U.S. municipal housing given the sector’s many links to the federal government. The federal government’s activity in the housing market […]

MarketWatch Interview with David Blitzer on Hurricane Sandy’s Impact on the Housing Market

David Blitzer, Managing Director and Chairman of the S&P Index Committee, discusses Hurricane Sandy’s impact on the housing market in this MarketWatch audio clip.

Economic Update: We Got Knocked Down, But We Got Up Again!

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