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Analysis Topic: Housing Market Price trends

The analysis published under this topic are as follows.

Housing-Market

Saturday, January 14, 2012

U.S. Housing Market Foreclosure-to-Rental Screwjob / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Mike_Whitney

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleFederal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke wants US taxpayers to purchase more of the garbage loans and mortgage-backed securities (MBS) that the big banks still have on their books. (Cash for trash) That’s the impetus behind the Fed’s 26-page white paper that was delivered to Congress last Wednesday. The document outlines the Fed’s plan for ‘stabilizing the housing market’, which is a phrase that Bernanke employs when he wants to provide more buy-backs, giveaways, subsidies and other corporate welfare to big finance.

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Housing-Market

Thursday, January 12, 2012

US Housing Sector Returns / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Donald_W_Dony

The latest evidence of the rebounding US economy appears in the housing sector. This once battered area has recently jumped to life with housing related sectors providing the best performance on the S&P 500.

Over the last three or four months, industry groups that supply home construction, equipment, financing and renovations have lead the charge on the recovery.

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Housing-Market

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Distressed Properties Continue to Hold Down U.S. House Prices / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Asha_Bangalore

The CoreLogic Home Price Index inclusive of distressed properties (foreclosures and short sales) fell 4.3% from a year ago after showing a decelerating trend in the three months ended October. Excluding distressed properties, the CoreLogic Home Prices fell only 0.6% from a year ago and it shows of stabilizing (see Chart 4).

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Housing-Market

Friday, January 06, 2012

Hidden Mortgage Tax Gives Congress Another Way to Pick Your Pocket / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDavid Zeiler writes: Americans had better enjoy the extra $40 they'll continue to get in their biweekly paychecks for the next two months, because most of them will be paying for it many times over in the form of higher mortgage costs.

Lost in the contentious debate over the payroll tax cut extension - a 2% cut in U.S. workers' Social Security tax - was the devious way Congress devised to pay for it.

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Housing-Market

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

U.S. Housing Market Overview / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Mike_Stathis

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe real estate market continues to show little signs of life. Despite record-low mortgage rates and a collapse in home prices, builders see little demand for new homes due to the record-high overhang of existing homes on the market, including the record-high level of foreclosed properties (4.29% of all active loans) which have continued to gain most attention from buyers due to much lower prices.

Even more disturbing is that the fact new foreclosures are outpacing foreclosure sales by a factor of 3 to 1. This means that the existing home inventory due to foreclosures is growing by 3 times the rate of foreclosure sales.

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Housing-Market

Friday, December 09, 2011

U.S. Household Net Worth Posts Second Quarterly Drop / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Asha_Bangalore

Household net worth fell 4.1% in the third quarter (see Chart 2), after a 0.2% drop in the second quarter; year-to-date, net worth of households has dropped 2.5% to $57.35 trillion. Lower equity prices were the main reason the decline in net worth, while real estate made a positive contribution.

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Housing-Market

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

U.S. House Prices Show a Small Improvement in October / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Asha_Bangalore

The CoreLogic House Price Index fell 3.9% from a year ago in October; excluding distressed homes, home prices dropped 0.5%. The CoreLogic Home Price Index of non-distressed properties rose 0.9% in October vs. September. The good news is that the pace of decline has slowed and the price index of non-distressed homes is almost stabilizing on a year-to-year basis (see Chart 8).

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Housing-Market

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

U.S. October New Home Sales Reports Positive Aspects / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Asha_Bangalore

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleSales of new single-family homes increased 1.3% in October to an annual rate of 307,000, with gains in sales recorded in the Midwest (+22.2%) and West (+14.9%). Sales of new single family homes in the Northeast held steady and declined 9.5% in the South. The level of new single-family home sales during October remains close to the record low of 278,000 registered in August 2010 (see Chart 1). Nevertheless, there are many positives to note in the October new home sales report.

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Housing-Market

Monday, November 28, 2011

Taking a Loss on Your House Sale, Time to Hit the Reset Button on Life / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: DailyWealth

Dr. Steve Sjuggerud writes: "We're going to have to write a big check to get out of our house," a friend told me.

He's moving far away from here.

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Housing-Market

Friday, November 18, 2011

Gold House Price Ratio Falls To Historic Low / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Dan_Amerman

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn gold terms, an average single family home in the United States can now be purchased for only 18% of its pre-bubble price in 2001.   The term "pre-bubble" merits emphasis:  the average house can be purchased at an 82% discount (in ounces of gold) not from the peak real estate values of 2006, but the much lower home prices of 2001, before the real estate bubble began.

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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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