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Analysis Topic: Housing Market Price trends

The analysis published under this topic are as follows.

Housing-Market

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Sales of U.S. New Homes Still Holding Close to Recession Lows / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Asha_Bangalore

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleSales of new single-family homes fell 0.7% to an annual rate of 298,000 in July following downwardly revised readings for May (309,000 vs. 315,000) and June (300,000 vs. 312,000). The level of new home sales is close to the record low registered in August 2010 (see Chart 1).

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Housing-Market

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

UK Mortgage Fees Rise 17% in a Year / Housing-Market / Mortgages

By: MoneyFacts

The average mortgage arrangement fee has increased by £151 over the last year – a rise of 17%.

In August 2010 the average fee was £879, today it stands at £1,030.

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Housing-Market

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

UK Mortgage Fixed Interest Rates Continue to Fall / Housing-Market / Mortgages

By: MoneyFacts

For the first time since Moneyfacts started recording rates in 1988 the average five-year fixed mortgage rate has fallen below 5%, today standing at 4.99%.

In the last 29 months since bank base rate has been on hold at 0.50%, the average five-year fixed mortgage rate has stood as high as 6.24% (September 2009).

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Housing-Market

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

U.S. Housing Market Rebound Unlikely Anytime Soon / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDavid Zeiler writes: Dragged down by such anchors as a bulging pipeline of foreclosures and a dearth of buyers, it will be many more months - if not years - before a housing market rebound takes hold.

Symptoms of the limping U.S. economy, primarily an unemployment rate above 9% and weak consumer confidence, along with much stricter lending rules, have helped keep buyers scarce.

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Housing-Market

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Buy-to-Let Sector Sees Surge in Mortgage Products to Highest Level Since September 2008 / Housing-Market / Buy to Let

By: MoneyFacts

The number of buy-to-let (BTL) mortgages available has today hit 505, the highest level since September 2008.

The size of the BTL market has steadily increased since July 2009, when the number of products fell to just 189.

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Housing-Market

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

U.S. Housing Market in Gold, 70% to 80% Price Crash / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Adrian_Ash

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleInflationary or deflationary depression, it's like the long boom of affordable mortgages never happened...

SO IS the U.S. housing market nearing its low? Priced against gold it just might be.

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Housing-Market

Monday, July 25, 2011

UK Capped Rate Mortgage Deals Analysis / Housing-Market / Mortgages

By: MoneyFacts

In the last two years the number of capped mortgage deals has increased from just one to 39.

Lenders such as Coventry Building Society, first direct, The Mortgage Works and Woolwich from Barclays are currently offering capped mortgages.

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Housing-Market

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Sales of Existing U.S. Homes Fall, Partly Due to Cancellations / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Asha_Bangalore

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleSales of existing homes declined 0.8% to an annual rate of 4.77 million units in June. The cycle low for sales of existing homes, excluding the swings related to the first-time home buyer credit program, is 4.5 million units, recorded in November 2008. Effectively, sales of existing homes have risen 6.0% from the cycle low mark (see Chart 1). Sales of single-family homes held steady at 4.24 million in June, up 5.5% from the cycle low reading of 4.02 million in November 2008.

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Housing-Market

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

U.S. Home Construction Advanced in June, But Inadequate to Declare the Housing Market Recovery is Here / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Asha_Bangalore

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleHousing starts rose 14.6% to an annual rate of 629,000 in June, the first increase since March.  Construction of single-family units moved up 9.4% to annual rate of 453,000 in June, the highest level since October 2010.  These improvements in home building activity are a positive development but the level of total housing starts is about 72% below the peak registered in January 2006 (2.273 million units). 

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Housing-Market

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

UK Housing Market Sellers Forced to Cut Asking Prices, Still 16% Over Valued / Housing-Market / UK Housing

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleRightmove, Britain's largest online estate agency is reporting that UK home sellers have cut their asking prices for the first time this year, by dropping them by 1.6% this month. The BBC further estimated that this still leaves national seller asking prices over valued by 16% at £236,597 against the average actual sale price of £203,528 on the DCLG valuations measure (implies 40%! over valuation on other house price indices such as the Halifax).

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Housing-Market

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

How to Find the Best Market for Rental Real Estate Investing / Housing-Market / Buy to Let

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMartin Hutchinson writes: The weak U.S. housing market and high inflation, despite their negative effects on the economy have actually created a promising opportunity for rental real estate investing.

Truth be told, we're not going back to 69% homeownership rates anytime soon. With mortgages steadily harder to obtain, more would-be homeowners are renting.

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Housing-Market

Thursday, July 07, 2011

India Real Estate Market About to Crash Or Consolidation? / Housing-Market / India

By: Jenson

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIt is not easy to find an analyst on the street who will be mildly bullish on the real estate market leave along someone who is irrationally bullish. In a scenario where the market seems to be short the real estate market, the laws of contrarian investing state that “when the whole market is long/short a trade, the trade may not fructify” which is what is happening to the real estate market in India. Fundamentally, the market is poised on a knife edge with multiple triggers slowing the market down. Some of the macro pointing to an imminent fall in real estate market are:

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Housing-Market

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Chinese Homebuyers Throw a Life Raft to the U.S. Housing Market / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleJason Simpkins writes: From New York to Honolulu, Chinese homebuyers are swooping in to help salvage the U.S. housing market.

Indeed, California, Florida, New York, and even Hawaii have seen a marked up-tick in home sales to Chinese buyers who are exporting their country's real estate boom to the United States, according to Bloomberg News.

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Housing-Market

Thursday, June 30, 2011

U.S. Housing Market Few Positives Remain Inadequate / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Asha_Bangalore

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe National Association of Realtors reported an 8.2% jump of the Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI) in May to 88.8.  The PHSI when advanced by two months tracks sales of existing homes closely (see Chart 1). 

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Housing-Market

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

U.S. House Price Indexes Stability? / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Asha_Bangalore

Latest reports on home prices are somewhat encouraging.  The Case-Shiller Home Price Index (HPI) of April edged down 0.1% on a seasonally adjusted basis and advanced 0.7% on a seasonally unadjusted basis from March.  The seasonally adjusted drop of the Case-Shiller HPI is smallest since July 2010. 

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Housing-Market

Monday, June 27, 2011

Why U.S. House Prices Are Still Falling / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Janet_Tavakoli

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn October 2007, CNBC's Diana Olick called me about Countrywide's so-called plan to modify mortgage loans scheduled to reset to higher rates. Subprime borrowers with a strong payment history would be able to refinance and possibly get prime FHA loans. Current paying borrowers with credit issues would be offered Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac loans under a new expanded program.

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Housing-Market

Friday, June 24, 2011

Disappointing Trend of U.S. Home Sales Leaves Housing Sector at Top of Fed’s Watch List / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Asha_Bangalore

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleSales of new homes fell 2.1% in May to an annual rate of 319,000.  The level of home sales is still close to the recession/record low of 278,000 registered in August 2010.  Sales of new homes plunged nearly 27% in the Northeast, held steady in the Midwest, fell in the West (-3.5%) and rose in the South (+2.4%). 

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Housing-Market

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Dr. Copper and the Chinese Housing Market Bubble / Housing-Market / China Economy

By: Submissions

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe mighty Dr. Copper; the only metal has a suffix attached to his name, for his accuracy predating equity prices for years. In the past 30 months or so, copper had a fantastic performance, almost quadrupled its price from December 2008 lows. But recently, this is becoming more of a story about emerging market infrastructure spree than acclaimed shortages.

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Housing-Market

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

U.S. Existing Home Sales Decline, Housing Market Slump Continues / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Asha_Bangalore

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleSales of existing homes fell 3.8% to an annual rate of 4.81 million units in May, the lowest level since November 2010.  As shown in Chart 1, the sales mark of existing home sales remains close to recession lows after two years of an economic recovery.  On a regional basis, sales of existing homes fell in the Northeast (-2.5%), Midwest (-6.4%), and South (-5.1%) but held steady in the West. 

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Housing-Market

Friday, June 10, 2011

How the Housing Market Can Save the U.S. Economy / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Money_Morning

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleShah Gilani writes: Everyone knows that the U.S. housing market caused the current economic funk.

But here's the irony: The American housing market - a principal actor and victim of a bubble that burst, causing the worst recession since the Great Depression - may now be in a position to save the U.S. economy.

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