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Analysis Topic: Housing Market Price trends

The analysis published under this topic are as follows.

Housing-Market

Friday, November 18, 2011

U.S. Housing Market Sideways Trend Reflects Underlying Soft Labor Market Situation / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Asha_Bangalore

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleBuilders broke ground to construct new single-family homes (+3.9%) in October, but starts of multi-family units slipped 8.3%. Total housing starts fell slightly (-0.3%) to an annual rate of 628,000 in October. The important point to note is that total and single-family starts of new homes continue to hover around levels seen in the past recession (see Chart 1), which are also historical lows. Starts of single-family units stood at 430,000 in October 2011 vs. 353,000 in March 2009 (historical low).

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Housing-Market

Monday, November 14, 2011

Mortgages for the 'Middle-Rich' Are Class Warfare Ammunition / Housing-Market / Mortgages

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleShah Gilani writes: For weeks now I've been telling you the markets are broken.

Now I'm going to prove it.

Today I'm talking about the housing market. It's broken. The truth is Congress broke it. Of course, it had help from mortgage originators, banks, and a deliriously greedy public.

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Housing-Market

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

U.S. Mortgage Rates are Low, But Are Bankers Willing to Extend Mortgages? / Housing-Market / Mortgages

By: Asha_Bangalore

The 30-year fixed rate mortgage was quoted at 4.0% as of November 4, the lowest since 1971 (see Chart 3). Home prices are attractive as they have declined 32% from the peak in 2006.

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Housing-Market

Monday, November 07, 2011

Obama's Housing Plan: Subsidizing the Terminally Stupid / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMartin Hutchinson writes: President Obama on Oct. 24 announced yet another housing bailout.

This time, borrowers who are underwater by more than 25%, are on time with their payments, and have Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac mortgages dating before March 2009 will be allowed to refinance their home mortgages at cheaper rates.

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Housing-Market

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

U.S. Mortgage Crisis Goes Primetime / Housing-Market / Subprime Mortgage Risks

By: Peter_Schiff

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleJohn Downs writes: A near-death experience often provides needed perspective to effectuate real change. But no matter how often the over-regulated and over-subsidized US banking sector flirts with disaster, it never seems to change its ways.

Three years have gone by since subprime mortgage exposure threw the financial system into cardiac arrest. Experienced analysts are under no illusions about the progress since then: the banks are still not eating right and they're certainly not slimming down. It seems these institutions feel trapped by their situation and are just waiting for the inevitable. This month, the PrimeX group of indices, a measure that quantifies the likelihood of default in prime residential and commercial mortgages, began flashing red.

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Housing-Market

Friday, October 28, 2011

China Housing Market Crash, Shanghai Homeowners Smash Showroom in Protest of Falling Prices / Housing-Market / China Economy

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe property bubble in China has finally burst. Denial has turned to anger as Shanghai Homeowners Smash Showroom in Protest Over Falling Prices

A group of around 400 homeowners in Shanghai demonstrated publicly and damaged a showroom operated by their property developer after the company said it cut prices. Home buyers had wanted to speak with the developer to refund or cancel their contracts but were unsuccessful, according to local media. One report said the price cuts exceeded 25% per square meter.

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Housing-Market

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Sales of New U.S. Homes Rose in September, But Trend is Unimpressive / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Asha_Bangalore

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleSales of new single-family homes rose 5.7% to an annual rate of 309,000 in September, the second highest level for the year after the 316,000 mark seen in April.  The picture is less impressive when we put things in a historical perspective.  The 3-month moving average of existing home sales at 302,000 has held nearly steady since mid-2010 (see Chart 1) after the first-time home buyer program expired. 

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Housing-Market

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

U.S. August Home Prices Small but Noteworthy Improvement / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Asha_Bangalore

The seasonally adjusted Case-Shiller Price Index held steady in August compared with July. On a year-to-year basis, the index fell 3.8%, the smallest decline since February 2011. The FHFA House Price Index of August dropped 4.0% from a year ago, the smallest reduction since December 2010.

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Housing-Market

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Will Modified Program to Alleviate U.S. Residential Housing Mortgage Problems Raise Consumer Spending? / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Asha_Bangalore

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), the regulator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and the 12 Federal Home Loan Banks, announced a modification of the original Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) passed in 2009. The main objective is to make refinancing easier for people with mortgages backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. HARP allows borrowers whose mortgage is worth more than the current value of their homes to refinance and take advantage of the low interest rate environment. CoreLogic estimates that currently 22.6% of mortgages (10.8 million mortgages) exceed the current value of homes (also referred to as under water mortgages or mortgages with negative equity).

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Housing-Market

Friday, October 21, 2011

U.S. Housing Sector Needs a Supportive Nudge / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Asha_Bangalore

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleSales of existing homes, inclusive of condos, fell 3.0% in September to an annual rate of 5.03 million units after an 8.4% increase in August. Sales of existing single-family homes dropped 3.6% to an annual rate of 4.47 million units in September vs. a 9.0% jump in August. As Chart 1 indicates, sales of existing homes are far from the peak registered in 2005 and are very close to cycle lows seen in 2008 (The wide swings in home sales in 2009-10 are related to the temporary first-time home buyer credit program).

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Housing-Market

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

A Decade of Household Deleveraging? / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Asha_Bangalore

The recent trend of consumer spending is lackluster and, in fact, worrisome such that Chairman Bernanke has mentioned it in speeches over the past month. Real disposable personal income has posted a meager 0.3% gain in August 2011 (see Chart 1) and consumer spending shows a noticeably decelerating trend. The obvious reply to answers about the reasons for soft growth in consumer spending is related to lack of hiring.

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Housing-Market

Monday, October 03, 2011

U.S. The Housing Market is Finally Bottoming, Here's How to Play It / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMartin Hutchinson writes: The housing market remains a drag on the economy, but there are indications that it is finally starting to bottom.

Prices have stopped declining, and there is even some sign of life in sales.

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Housing-Market

Monday, October 03, 2011

U.S. House Prices, Expect Lower Lows / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Bill_Bonner

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleCash is still king. Cash is king because non-cash is a commoner and a loser…it’s losing its value. An article in the Financial Times, for example, tells that:

“US inflation expectations at lowest point in year.”

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Housing-Market

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Case-Shiller Home Price Index - Noteworthy Improvement, But Durability is Uncertain / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Asha_Bangalore

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe seasonally adjusted Case-Shiller Home Price Index held steady in July, matching the readings of the prior two months. These readings are a significant improvement after the string of declines of home prices seen for an extended period (see Chart 1). The gains in 2009 and 2010 are related to the first-home buyer program which was in place only for a short period. The encouraging news is that the FHFA House Price Index shows price gains for each of the four months ended July and the Core Logic House Price Index posted increases in three out of the last four months.

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Housing-Market

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

U.S. August New Home Sales Still Hovering around Recession Lows / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Asha_Bangalore

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleSales of new single-family homes fell 2.3% to an annual rate of 295,000 in August, which marks the sixth monthly decline in the first eight months of the year and the level of sales remains close to the record low of 278,000 seen precisely a year ago. Sales of new homes fell in the Northeast (-13.6%), West (-6.3%), and South (-2.4%) but rose in the Midwest (+8.2%) during August.

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Housing-Market

Friday, September 23, 2011

U.S. House Prices Rise for Fourth Month / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Asha_Bangalore

The FHFA House Price Index rose 0.8% in July, marking the fourth monthly increase. The Core-Logic House Price Index also has posted gains in the each of the four months ended July (see Chart 5). Both these price indexes show a moderation of year-to-year price declines (see Chart 6), with the July drop being less negative than the June readings.

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Housing-Market

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Sales of Existing U.S. Homes Recover, But Level Still Close to Recession Low / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Asha_Bangalore

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleSales of all existing homes rose 7.7% to an annual rate of 5.03 million units. Single-family unit sales were stronger (+8.5%). Regionally, sales of existing homes increased in all four regions, with the nearly 19% jump in the West as the largest gain. From a year ago, sales of existing single-family homes have posted double-digit gains in July and August because of a base effect. Sales of existing homes in July-August 2010 fell sharply after the first-time home buyer credit program expired. Therefore, the year-to-year comparisons partly exaggerate the trend of existing homes sales.

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Housing-Market

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

U.S. Home Construction Declines, Permits Post a Small Gain / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Asha_Bangalore

Construction of new homes and apartments fell 5.0% to an annual rate of 571,000 during August after a 2.3% drop in the prior month. Starts of both multi-family (-13.5%) and single-family starts (-1.4%) fell in August. The disappointing news is that the level of housing starts continues to hover at recession lows. The nearly 30% drop of housing starts in the Northeast and a 3.3% drop in the South brought down the headline, while housing starts rose in the Midwest (+2.6%) and West (+2.2%).

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Housing-Market

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Time To 'Invest' in Real Estate Again? / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Bill_Bonner

Best Financial Markets Analysis Article“And they shall grind the face of the poor…” ~ Isaiah

The markets were closed yesterday. Which was a good thing. The lights were out in Congress. Economists went to barbecues. Central bankers stayed home with their families. And investors didn’t bother to check their blackberries to find the latest prices.

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Housing-Market

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

U.S. Pending Home Sales Index Slips in July / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Asha_Bangalore

The Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI) of the National Association of Realtors fell 1.3% in July, after two monthly gains.  The PHSI leads actual sales of existing homes by 1-2 months.  The July drop of the index bodes poorly for actual sales of homes in August and September.  Sales of existing homes have posted declines in three out of the four months ended July.  The level of existing home sales is close to recession lows even after two years of economic recovery. 

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