Category Archives: Housing Data

Buy-to-Rent or Rent-to-Sell

The entry of corporate buyers and private equity firms into the housing market in 2012 and 2013 was hailed as a way to soak up the over-supply of foreclosed homes and get the housing market back in shape.  One result were higher home prices as seen in the 10.8% year-over-year gain reported in the most […]

Rate of Home Price Gains Drop Sharply According to the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices

Data through April 2014, released today by S&P Dow Jones Indices, show that the 10-City and 20-City Composites posted annual gains of 10.8%. This is a significantly lower rate when compared to last month. Nineteen of the 20 cities saw lower annual gains in April than in March. California (Los Angeles, San Diego and San […]

Housing Bubbles Around the World

The International Monetary Fund (IMF), best known for bailing out over-indebted countries, is worried about housing bubbles around the world. In a recent speech (here) Martin Zhu, the Deputy Managing Director of the IMF, notes that housing prices are climbing in numerous countries. Citing the experience here in the U.S. with the housing boom and […]

Something’s Missing in the Housing Recovery

Something’s Missing in the Housing Recovery The two most popular comments about the housing recovery are that it’s weak and the reason why GDP growth is so slow.  There is some truth to both of these — the problem is new single family homes. Looking across housing, one sees surprisingly strong construction of apartments, progress […]

Home Prices Rise in March According to the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices

Data through March 2014, show the 10-City and 20-City Composite Indices gained 0.8% and 0.9% month-over-month. In the first quarter of 2014, the National Index gained 0.2%. Nineteen of the 20 cities showed positive returns in March – New York was the only city to decline. Dallas and Denver reached new index peaks. S&P/Case-Shiller Home […]

Housing Angst Around the World

While housing news in the US is mixed – starts rebounded above one million units at annual rates on a surge in apartments while the NAHB Housing Market Sentiment Index slipped to 45 – other markets are spreading fear and anxiety. China’s housing market appears to be peaking, raising fears of a further slowdown in […]

Foreclosure Activity Continues to Wind Down

RealtyTrac® (www.realtytrac.com), released its U.S. Foreclosure Market Report™ for April 2014 today showing foreclosure filings — default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions — were reported on 115,830 U.S. properties in April, a 1% decrease from the previous month and down 20% from April 2013. The report also shows one in every 1,137 U.S. housing […]

Home Prices Defy Weak Sales Numbers According to the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices

Data through February 2014, 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, show that the annual rates of gain slowed for the 10-City and 20-City Composites. S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices ─ February 2014

Housing Puzzle: Prices Rise, Sales Slow

The Sunday New York Times surveys housing and argues that weak demand is cause of slow sales and falling housing starts even as prices continue to rise.  Tuesday’s report on the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices will give the latest data on prices. Will prices keep rising or is the demand for housing really shifting down? […]

New Home Sales, Other Housing Numbers Weak

Recent reports on housing show weakness despite continued rising prices.  New Home sales in March were down 14.5% from February and 13.3% below March 2013.  Sales in the northeast were up while the other three regions were all down.  The number of homes for sale was up 3.2% and the month supply rose to six, […]

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