Tag Archives: Real Estate Trends

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

New Single Family Home Sales Jump 14.1 Percent Vs A Year Ago in May 2018, Median Price Down 3.3 Percent to $313,000

New single family residential (SFR) home sales of 689,000 on seasonally adjusted annualized rate (SAAR) were up 14.1 percent versus a year ago and 6.7 percent sequentially from April.   Other than the 712,000 SAAR rate posted in November 2017, this is the greatest level seen since October 2007.  Year-to-date new home sales are up 8.8 …Read more

Another Top-10 List — Metros with Greatest Number of Listings with Prices at $100,000 or Less

Affordability is the new battle cry across the U.S. as home prices continue to escalate at a rate much greater than the corresponding growth in incomes.  This particular affordability issue is being driven by demand simply outstripping supply. From a construction perspective, the U.S. continues to under-build housing.  In the 12-months ending April 2018, a …Read more

Another Top-10 List — Richest Cities in America 2018

While the typical American household earns a median income of $57,617 annually, there are some cities where more than one-half earn more than $70,000 per year.  As usual, I invoke the TINSTAANREM axiom — There Is No Such Thing As A National Real Estate Market or a National Economy.  The same is true about incomes. …Read more