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Analysis Topic: Housing Market Price trends

The analysis published under this topic are as follows.

Housing-Market

Friday, May 13, 2011

US Housing Market Final Stage (REO) Foreclosures Target Six Million By 2014 / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Andrew_Butter

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleA Bank Repossession (REO) is the final stage of the foreclosure process that typically requires three foreclosure notices in USA. The REO is the point at which the bank throws you out on the street; but when the media report “X” many foreclosure filings in a month, that’s a mix of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd (final) stages.

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Housing-Market

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

U.S. Housing Market Adjusted CPI, Gold, and Deflation Theory / Housing-Market / Deflation

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleI am a firm believer that housing prices belong in the CPI. I have discussed this at length before, and in light of reported inflation (as measured by prices but certainly not credit), it's time to take another look at a CPI adjusted for housing prices.

Here are a couple of chart from my friend "TC" that show the relation between the CPI, a Case-Shiller adjusted CPI, and the Fed Funds Rate. For more on the rationale behind the following charts please see What's the Real CPI?

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Housing-Market

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

UK Buy to Let Sector Mortgages Bounce Back / Housing-Market / Buy to Let

By: MoneyFacts

The number of buy-to-let mortgages has risen to the highest level since October 2008.

There are currently 463 buy-to-let mortgages available, compared to 312 six months ago and 299 in May 2010.

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Housing-Market

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

U.S. Housing Market and GDP Economic Growth / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Tony_Pallotta

Housing as a percent of GDP peaked in 1980 at 19%. In 2005 as the housing bubble was set to pop it represented 18.5%. Today it stands at 15%, still a large piece of the economy.

The part that is not measured (not sure it can be) is housing's impact on overall economic demand through the wealth affect. If someone is confident in the value of their home for example they are willing to invest in an addition or a remodel for example.

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Housing-Market

Monday, May 09, 2011

UK Mortgage Interest Rate Fall Below 6.00% / Housing-Market / Mortgages

By: MoneyFacts

The average rate for would be mortgage borrowers with just a 10% deposit has fallen below 6.00% for the first time since March 2008.

Today the average rate for a two year fixed mortgage at 90% LTV stands at 5.98%, 0.40% lower than a year ago.

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Housing-Market

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

U.S. Housing Market Crisis Crazy Statistics / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Chris_Kitze

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleEnd of the American Dream writes: Has the U.S. housing market reached a "bottom" yet? Are home prices going to start recovering? Is the housing crisis going to end at some point? Today there are millions of American families that would like to buy homes but they are not sure what to do. After all, nobody wants to end up like all the suckers that bought at the top of the market and now owe far more on their mortgages then their homes are worth. A lot of people are really afraid to take out home loans right now. So should you buy a home in 2011? That is a very good question.

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Housing-Market

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Inside Out World of U.S. Home Mortgages / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Douglas_French

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleNothing perks up the spirits like the coming of spring. Flowers are blooming and the birds are singing. The winter thaw is finally complete for most of the nation. But while yards are starting to bloom, home values are still dormant. The median sales price of a home in the United States has dropped to just over $159,000, the lowest level since 2002.

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Housing-Market

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

U.S. Home Sales Climb, But Level Remains Close to Record Low Mark / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Asha_Bangalore

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleSales of existing single-family homes increased 11.1% to an annual rate of 300,000 units in March after an upwardly revised reading for February (270,000 vs. 250,000 in earlier report). The largest gain in sales of single-family homes was registered in the Northeast (+66.7%) followed by the West (+25.9%) and Midwest (+12.9%) and a virtually unchanged level in the South.

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Housing-Market

Thursday, April 21, 2011

U.S. Existing Homes Sales Data Continues to Suggest Soft Conditions in Housing Market / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Paul_L_Kasriel

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMuch like housing starts, existing home sales also posted a small gain in March.  But, the bottom line is that housing starts and existing home sales are hovering close to cycle lows and sustained gains to push readings noticeably above cycle lows have not occurred, as yet.  New home sales numbers for March will be published on April 25, 2011.

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Housing-Market

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

U.S. Housing Market Foreclosure Chinese Water Torture / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Douglas_French

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe real-estate bust continues at a pace akin to Chinese water torture. Home prices peaked five years ago, but a mountain of foreclosures still looms. RealtyTrac reports that filings rose 7 percent in March from the previous month but are down 35 percent from March of last year, when RealtyTrac recorded the highest number of default filings since the company started in boom-time 2005. Foreclosure filings for the entire first quarter fell to a three-year low.

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Housing-Market

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

U.S. Housing Market Starts, Small Gain, But is Step in Right Direction / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Asha_Bangalore

Housing starts rose 7.2% to an annual rate of 549,000 in March following an 18.5% drop in the prior month.  In the first quarter, total housing starts have risen at an annualized pace of 23.2%.  Single-family starts moved up 7.7% to an annual rate of 422,000 in March.  However, on a quarterly basis, starts of single-family units have dropped nearly 18%, which indicates that the entire gain in the first quarter came from multi-family starts.  These numbers suggest that residential investment expenditure most likely made a small positive contribution to real GDP in the first quarter.  The current level of housing starts is still down nearly 77% from the peak reading in January 2006 (1.823 million units). 

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Housing-Market

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Fitch Warns on China as Housing Market Crashes 26% in One Month / Housing-Market / China Economy

By: PhilStockWorld

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe futures are bouncing!

Why are they bouncing? Why not?  We went down and people love to buy those dips and that means they are just going to love this chart, courtesy of Barry Ritholtz's team.  We don't get our next Case-Shiller data point until the 26th but we did get mortgage applications this week and they are down ANOTHER 6.7%.  This is despite the fact that an average 30-year mortgage is still just 4.98%.

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Housing-Market

Friday, April 08, 2011

Falling U.S. House Prices Could Restrain Economic Recovery / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDavid Zeiler writes: With the latest data pointing to a double-dip in home prices, it has become increasingly clear that the wobbly economic recovery won't be getting any help from the housing sector.

Existing home sales in February sank 9.6% from the previous month, while prices fell 5.2% to a median of $156,000, the lowest since April 2002. Existing homes comprise 90% of the housing market.

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Housing-Market

Saturday, April 02, 2011

U.S. Housing Market Will Remain a Government Program / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Neeraj_Chaudhary

Recently, the Obama Administration seemed to flash a rare sign of laissez-faire thinking when it issued a report calling for the "winding down" of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the two taxpayer-guaranteed institutions now responsible for backing at least 90% of the US mortgage market. In its press release, the Administration acknowledged that the private sector should be the "primary source of mortgage credit," and that their goal is to "bring private capital back to the mortgage market."

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Housing-Market

Thursday, March 31, 2011

U.S. Housing Market Continues to Bleed / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Mike_Whitney

The collapse in housing prices is gaining pace proving that the Fed's bond purchasing program (QE2) has been an utter failure. While liquidity sloshes around in the equities markets, the distress on Main Street is more excruciating than ever. The release of the Case-Shiller index of property values on Tuesday, confirmed analysts worst fears, that the decline in prices is accelerating on the downside further weakening household balance sheets, wiping out precious home equity, and thrusting working class families back into the red.

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Housing-Market

Monday, March 28, 2011

Brazil's Housing Carnival Stokes Bubble Worries / Housing-Market / Brazil

By: Trader_Mark

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAre we in the early to mid stages of a bubble forming in Brazilian real estate?   Who can tell - with the global liquidity tsunami gushing in every direction, there has to be other areas other than commodities where dislocations are forming.  I found this interesting piece while looking over the news for Brazilian homebuilder Gafisa (GFA). While the "mass" mortgage market is still relatively new in Brazil - hence a whole slew of new potential buyers can now enter the market - some of the anecdotes in this Reuters story are eerily similar to those in the U.S. circa 2005. 

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Housing-Market

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Economic Depression in America: U.S. Housing Markets Double Dip / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Mike_Whitney

The housing market is now in full retreat. This week, the Commerce Department reported that sales of new homes plunged nearly 17 percent in February to a 250,000 annual pace. That's a record low. At the same time, the median price fell 8.9 percent from February of last year. The news comes on the heels of Monday's equally-dismal report that showed existing home sales dropped 9.6 percent in February. These are Depression era stats and builders know it which is why they're unloading homes as cheaply as possible. It's been 5 years since housing prices peaked in July 2006, and the market is still nowhere near the bottom. In fact, the rate of decline is accelerating. This is shaping up to be the worst spring in history.

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Housing-Market

Friday, March 25, 2011

Housing Market Double Dip and Economic Growth / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Tony_Pallotta

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleEconomic data continues to reinforce the reality that a housing double dip has in fact begun. Were it not for the 2010 tax credits there would likely have just been one dip and we would be further along the process of clearing supply than we are today. Regardless, it is here and the question then becomes what, if any impact will it have on economic growth.

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Housing-Market

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

U.S. New Home Sales Plunge, Gains From First-Time Home Buyer Program Nearly Erased / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Asha_Bangalore

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleSales of new single-family homes fell 16.9% to an annual rate of 250,000 in February, a new historical low for home sales.  Sales of new single family homes have plunged 82% since the peak in July 2005 (1.389 million homes, see Chart 1).  Sales of new single-family homes declined in all four regions of the nation, with the Northeast recording the largest drop (-57%).

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Housing-Market

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Concern Over Falling U.S. Housing Market Existing Home Sales / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Asha_Bangalore

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleSales of all existing homes fell 9.6% to an annual rate of 4.88 million units in February, after three consecutive monthly gains, while that of single-family units also declined 9.6% to an annual rate of 4.25 million units.  Sales of existing homes declined in all regions of the economy, with the Midwest (-12.2%) recording the largest drop. 

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