Category Archives: Residential

Another Top-10 List — Most Expensive Apartment Markets

Stewart’s headquarters is located in the Galleria area of Houston. This past year from my office window I watched an upscale residential mid-rise structure go up. To my surprise, it is an apartment development rather than condominiums. The asking rent for a one bedroom apartment ranges from $2,124 to $2,824 per month for 847 to …Read more

A Few Metrics of Professionals Selling Houses

Regardless of the profession, bandied about is the 80-20 rule in which 20 percent of the people do 80 percent of the business. This also is an often-claimed metric among real estate professionals selling houses. But is it true or just a wild guess at how the residential sales market actually performs? To answer this, …Read more

Best Holiday Discounts on Housing

As we head into peak holiday sales season at the cash register, people are looking for the best deals possible. The same is true in the housing market. To find the biggest discounts, so-to-speak, Zillow used two metrics to find the best “Sale” on housing. The first is the largest price cuts as a percentage …Read more

Another Top-10 List — Cities With the Greatest Delivery of New Multifamily Units in 2015

Rental housing remains hot, from single family to apartments, driven by still stringent lending, increasing job numbers and failure thus far to ignite in the formation of new households. Apartments, however, make up the largest segment amongst new construction deliveries built to rent in 2015. MPF Research examined and analyzed expected new deliveries of multifamily …Read more

September Existing Home Sales Hit the High-Water Mark of 2014 at 5.17 Million on an Annualized Basis — Median Price Up 5.6 Percent Year-Over-Year to $209,700

September existing home sales rose to the highest level seen thus far in 2014, reaching a seasonally adjusted annualized rate (SAAR) of 5.17 million according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR). While sales rose 2.4 percent sequentially from August, they were 1.7 percent less than the 5.26 million SAAR seen a year ago. The …Read more

Insights Into Renters — 2014

As the homeownership rate has eroded from almost 70 percent a few years ago into the 64 percent range today, the number of renters has surged. That has placed substantial demand on the existing stock of rental housing, conversion of tens-of-thousands of formerly owner-occupied properties to renter status, and stimulated an explosion in new rental …Read more