Tag Archives: Home Value

Tight Credit Continues to Take Its Toll on Housing Sales

The last normal housing market in the U.S. was 2001 to 2002. Then came the subprime-driven housing bubble when the only requirement to qualify for a loan was a pulse rate in some instances. Greed drove the get-rich-quick housing bubble, while loose credit was the water and fertilizer. We all admit that the level of …Read more

Another Top-10 List — The Hottest Residential Markets

Things change. And they always will. Period. What was hot at one time may be cool at another. And Vice-versa. That encompasses from coffee to iced tea to real estate markets. From a residential real estate perspective, the relative performance of a local market is a function of current supply and demand relationships and expectations …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

August 2014 Existing Home Sales – Dipping 1.8 Percent Sequentially from July and Down 5.3 Percent Year-Over-Year from August 2013 — Not Necessarily Bad News

Sales of existing homes in August were on track at a seasonally adjusted annualized rate (SAAR) of 5.05 million homes, down 1.8 percent from July 2014 and off 5.3 percent from August 2013 according to the National Association of Realtors® (NAR). Median home prices rose 4.82 percent to $219,800 in August 2014 versus a year …Read more

New Home Prices by State and Metro — Thanks NAHB

Up until now, while there was a source for median home prices of existing home sales across the metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) — the National Association of Realtors®, we were flying blind when it came to new home prices. That has all now changed thanks to the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) as they have …Read more

Residential Apartment Rents Up 14.7 Percent Since 1990 – Yet Income Flat in Past 15 Years, Inflation Adjusted

The resurging housing market is making an imprint on many people’s pocket books, checking accounts and balance sheets. For homeowners today, that is a positive imprint and for renters, a negative one. The median existing home price was $96,400 in 1990 according to the National Association of Realtors® while the latest 12-month average of median …Read more

Another Top-10 List — Over and Undervalued Housing Markets

In the past week I wrote about the strong robust economy in Portland, Oregon, and how that, given limited new residential construction, home prices in Portland, in my opinion, were at a premium today given historical price levels. Then I came across a study from Trulia that specifically examined current valuations with respect to historical …Read more