Tag Archives: Real Estate Trends

Another Top-10 List — Best Places to Live in America 2018

Everyone’s top-10 list of anything ranked will vary since we all have differing wants, needs, likes and dislikes.   Whenever any top-10 list is presented, prior to trusting the rankings, always focus on the selection, inclusion and exclusion criteria. A good example of personal preference is my own avoidance of cold climates and weather.  As stated …Read more

How Much House $1 Buys — 1998-2008-2018

While much of the U.S. bricks and sticks retail industry is struggling, given the structural shift in shopping, not included in that disarray are stores where everything is $1.  I am also old enough to remember when my weekly allowance was $1.   A single dollar in those days, however, bought a lot more than today …Read more

Another Top-10 List — Fastest Growing U.S. Suburbs 2018

Cheap energy prices and lifestyle are once again leading to a move back to ‘burbs’ in America.  Front and back yards are back in style for some, along with landscaping, vegetable gardens and trees.  There are tens-of-thousands of Millennials in hot pursuit.  As a result, demand is robust in many of the U.S. suburban housing …Read more

Existing Home Sales in June 2018 Like a Slow Leaking Tire — Hard to Notice the Difference But the Dash Warning Light Just Illuminated

Existing home sale slipped 2.2 percent in June 2018 versus a year ago to 5.38 million sales on a seasonally adjusted annualized basis (SAAR) according to National Association of Realtors® (NAR).  Sales dipped 0.6 percent sequentially from May on a SAAR.  From an unadjusted basis, housing sales in the first six months totaled 2.631 million, …Read more

Another Top-10 List — Buyers From the North Midwest Fueling Florida, Colorado and Washington Luxury Housing Markets

There was much debate and rhetoric regarding the potential impact on higher-valued homes arising from passage of the Tax Cut and Jobs Creation Act of 2017.    The thought was that by cutting the allowable interest deduction from $1 million of total loans on the primary and secondary home(s) to $750,000, along with limiting a total …Read more

Forecasts: Residential Refinance & Purchase Lending, 30-Year Conventional Mortgage Rates, Home Sales — June 2018

Fortunately, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the MBA update their quarterly and annual forecasts monthly for residential lending volumes –  both refinance and purchase transactions.  Driving these lending forecasts is  the expectation of future interest rates.  Since 2018 is almost one-half over there is not too much deviation in interest rate expectations for the year, …Read more