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Healthy Markets Focus on West, Midwest

In October, the five healthiest markets were San Jose (Market Health Index of 9), San Francisco (8.9), Los Angeles (8.6), San Diego (8.4) and Denver (8.1). among the country’s top 30 largest metro markets covered by Zillow’s new healthy homes report while in September Homes .com reported a majority of the nation’s largest markets, 52 percent, have recovered more than half of the equity lost during the housing depression. Read More »

November Sales Sink Below 2012

Home sales in November saw a surprisingly steep drop, down 16.8 percent from October and falling 10.9 percent year over year. This is the first time in 2013 home sales have dipped below 2012 levels. Read More »

Fed Economists Sound the Alarm on Investors

Real estate investors large and small have helped clear foreclosure inventories, supported prices in ailing markets and renovated sizable portions of the nation’s housing stock. However, if their share of the housing stock or debt financing grows, they could pose significant risk to the nation’s financial stability, a new study by two Federal Reserve economists concludes in what is believed be the first study exist on the effect of single-family-real-estate business investor activity on housing markets or other outcomes. Read More »

Prices Turn Frosty in First November Data

National and regional rates of growth showed clear signs of winter chills in November, as summer buying activity gave way to the typical winter slow down. Nationally, home prices cooled off to a 10.8% year-over-year growth, a slight tapering over the previous quarter’s 11.0% yearly growth Read More »

Did the IRS Shutdown Torpedo Pending Sales?

Most market reports are tracking declining sales as the hottest real estate year in nearly decade cools down with the onset of the fall and winter months. But none sank as quickly or as far as NAR’s October Pending Home Sales report. Read More »

Hedge Fund Purchases Plummeted in October

Institutional investor purchases in October were lower than a year ago and represented only 6.8 percent of all home sales in October, a sharp drop from a revised 12.1 percent in September and down from 9.7 percent in October 2012. Read More »

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