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Analysis Topic: Housing Market Price trends

The analysis published under this topic are as follows.

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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Housing-Market

Friday, August 26, 2011

UK House Prices Update / Housing-Market / UK Housing

By: Tim_Waring

We have entered an interesting stage of the housing market with many factors beginning to influence different segments.

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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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