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Analysis Topic: Housing Market Price trends

The analysis published under this topic are as follows.

Housing-Market

Friday, February 17, 2012

Obama's Housing Market Refi Program Won't Work Because the FHA is Insolvent / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleShah Gilani writes: In his State of the Union address last month, President Barack Obama outlined a plan to let homeowners, especially those underwater, refinance older mortgages to take advantage of today's low rates.

While serious political impediments stand in the way of the Obama refi plan, one reason it won't work is that it relies 100% on the Federal Housing Administration (FHA).

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Housing-Market

Friday, February 17, 2012

U.S. Housing Market Starts, Jobless Claims, and Wholesale Price Index – Mixed Bag / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Asha_Bangalore

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleJanuary Housing Starts: It is a Multi-Family Story

Total housing starts increased 1.5% to an annual rate of 699,000 in January. The entire gain came from an 8.5% jump in starts of multi-family units to an annual rate of 191,000. New construction of single-family units slipped 1.0% to 508,000.

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Housing-Market

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Arbitraging Fed Policies With U.S. Rental Housing Market Cash Flows / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Dan_Amerman

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleBy forcing interest rates to record low levels, the Federal Reserve has effectively vaporized most interest income along with most of the ability to benefit from compound interest, with devastating results for many retirees, retirement investors and pension funds. 

However, in the process of creating artificially low interest rates for an entire economy, the Fed has also opened up unusually profitable opportunities for individual investors with certain types of investments.  Record-low interest rate levels are the most powerful of six different factors that are currently working together to increase owner cash flows from the purchase (or refinancing) of investment real estate in the United States. 

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Housing-Market

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

UK Buy-to-let Mortgage Market Blooms / Housing-Market / UK Housing

By: MoneyFacts

Moneyfacts research has shown that the availability of buy-to-let mortgages has risen over recent months. There are currently 486 buy-to-let mortgage deals available, compared to 386 last February.

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Housing-Market

Friday, January 27, 2012

The Next U.S. Housing Market Bailout / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Mike_Whitney

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWhy are housing prices falling when the number of houses on the market continues to decline? Usually, when supply shrinks, then prices rise, right? So, why isn’t that happening now?

The reason is that housing market never completely cleared, which is to say that the Fed’s interventions and the manipulation of inventory by the banks prevented the market from finding a bottom. So, now– a full 6 years after the peak in home sales in 2006–the real estate depression continues while prices drift lower still. And–here’s the bad part–no one knows how much farther prices will drop, because the existing inventory of homes on the market (according to the Wall Street Journal) is presently 1.89 million while the shadow inventory (according to CoreLogic)… is “1.6 million units” which represents another 5 months supply, “the same level as reported in July 2011.”

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Housing-Market

Friday, January 27, 2012

U.S. Housing Market Sales of New Homes Dips by 2.2% / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Asha_Bangalore

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleSales of new single-family homes fell 2.2% to an annual rate of 307,000 in December, putting the annual average at 303,000 units. The tally of sales of new single-family homes in 2011 is the lowest on record (see Chart 1).

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Housing-Market

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Home Depot Options Strategy to Play the Housing Market Bottom / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleLarry D. Spears writes: After more than two years of false starts, the battered U.S. housing market may have finally found a bottom.

If so, that prospect offers options investors a chance to earn higher returns on lower costs using a Home Depot (NYSE: HD) straddle. (More on that later...)

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Housing-Market

Saturday, January 21, 2012

U.S. Housing Market Sales of Existing Homes Slow Growth, Price Declines Moderating / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Asha_Bangalore

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleSales of existing homes rose 4.6% to an annual rate 4.61 million units in December, which takes the annual sales to 4.293 million units. Sales numbers of 2009 and early part of 2010 reflect the impact of the first-time home buyer program. The cycle low for sales of existing homes excluding the swings related to the first-time home buyer program was 3.77 million units for all homes and 3.39 million units for single-family, which occurred in November 2008. With reference to this benchmark, sales of existing single-family homes have moved up 21% in roughly three years.

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Housing-Market

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Demand Outweighs UK Mortgage Choice / Housing-Market / Mortgages

By: MoneyFacts

Moneyfacts research of the residential mortgage market reveals the choice of mortgages on offer has increased from 2,527 to 3,180 over the last 12 months. At the peak of the banking crisis in 2009, the number of mortgages fell to just 1,209.

The increase in numbers came despite a combination of rises and falls across the range of the loan-to-value tiers. Today, the 60% loan-to-value tier offers the most choice but the high deposit required limits its attraction. 

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Housing-Market

Monday, January 16, 2012

U.S. Housing Market the Greatest Contrarian Investment Play of 2012 / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Investment_U

Best Financial Markets Analysis Article“Real estate prices may be bottoming out.” – Robert Shiller

Over the weekend, I attended the annual American Economic Association (AEA) meetings in Chicago, and ran into Yale economist and long-time friend Robert Shiller at a luncheon.

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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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