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Oregon Housing Appreciation Hits 11.8% to Rank No. 1 in Appreciation Says New FHFA Report

U.S. house prices rose 1.3 percent in the first quarter of 2016 according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) House Price Index 

By Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog

man holding up graph line(May 26, 2016) -Washington, D.C. – U.S. house prices rose 1.3 percent in the first quarter of 2016 according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) House Price Index (HPI). This is the nineteenth consecutive quarterly price increase in the purchase-only, seasonally adjusted index. House prices rose 5.7 percent from the first quarter of 2015 to the first quarter of 2016. This is the fourth consecutive year in which prices grew more than 5 percent. FHFA’s seasonally adjusted monthly index for March was up 0.7 percent from February. The HPI is calculated using home sales price information from mortgages sold to, or guaranteed by, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. FHFA has produced a video of highlights for this quarter.

“While the overall appreciation rate was robust in the first quarter, home price appreciation was somewhat less widespread than in recent quarters,” said FHFA Supervisory Economist Andrew Leventis. “Twelve states and the District of Columbia saw price declines in the quarter—the most areas to see price depreciation since the fourth quarter of 2013. Although most declines were modest, such declines are notable given the pervasive and extraordinary appreciation we have been observing for many years.”

While the purchase-only HPI rose 5.7 percent from the first quarter of 2015 to the first quarter of 2016, prices of other goods and services were nearly unchanged. The inflation-adjusted price of
homes rose approximately 5.6 percent over the latest year.

Significant Findings

  • Home prices rose in every state between the first quarter of 2015 and the first quarter of 2016. The top five states in annual appreciation were: 1) Oregon 11.8 percent; 2)
    Florida 11.2 percent; 3) Washington 10.9 percent; 4) Nevada 9.4 percent; and 5) Colorado 9.0 percent.
  • Among the 100 most populated metropolitan areas in the U.S., annual price increases were greatest in the West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Delray Beach, FL (MSAD), where prices increased by 16.7 percent. Prices were weakest in El Paso, TX, where they fell 2.8 percent.
  • Of the nine census divisions, the Pacific division experienced the strongest increase in the first quarter, posting a 1.9 percent quarterly increase and an 8.1 percent increase since the first quarter of last year. House price appreciation was weakest  in the Middle Atlantic division, where prices rose 0.6 percent from the last quarter.

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Metro Home Prices Continue Growth

Report shows unwavering price gains in an overwhelming majority of metro areas during the first quarter of the year

By Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog

rising rents(May 10, 2016) – The median existing single-family home price increased in 87 percent of measured markets, with 154 out of 178 metropolitan statistical areas showing gains based on closed sales in the first quarter compared with the first quarter of 2015, according to the latest quarterly report by the National Association of Realtors®. Twenty-four areas (13 percent) recorded lower median prices from a year earlier.

There were more rising markets in the first quarter compared to the fourth quarter of 2015, when price gains were recorded in 81 percent of metro areas. Twenty-eight metro areas in the first quarter (16 percent) experienced double-digit increases – a slight decrease from the 30 metro areas in the fourth quarter of 2015; fifty-one metro areas (28 percent) experienced double-digit increases in the first quarter of last year.

“The solid run of sustained job creation and attractive mortgage rates below 4 percent spurred steady demand for home purchases in many local markets,” said Lawrence Yun, NAR Chief Economist. “Unfortunately, sales were somewhat subdued by supply and demand imbalances and broadly rising prices above wage growth. As a result, the path to homeownership so far this year remains strenuous for a segment of prospective buyers in the most competitive areas.”

  • The national median existing single-family home price in the first quarter was $217,600, up 6.3 percent from the first quarter of 2015 ($204,700). The median price during the fourth quarter of 2015 increased 6.7 percent from the fourth quarter of 2014.
  • Total existing-home sales, including single family and condo, rose 1.7 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.29 million in the first quarter from 5.20 million in the fourth quarter of 2015, and are 4.8 percent higher than the 5.05 million pace during the first quarter of 2015.

“The demand for buying is there, but unless the stock of new and existing homes for sale increases significantly – especially in several markets in the West – the housing market will struggle to reach its full potential,” added Yun.

  • At the end of the first quarter, there were 1.98 million existing homes available for sale, which was below the 2.01 million homes for sale at the end of the first quarter in 2015. The average supply during the first quarter was 4.3 months – down from 4.6 months a year ago.
  • Despite an increase in the national family median income ($68,431), climbing home prices and higher mortgage rates caused affordability to decline in the first quarter compared to the first quarter of last year.

“Current homeowners in many metro areas – especially those who purchased a home immediately after the downturn – have enjoyed a sizeable boost in housing equity and household wealth in recent years,” adds Yun. “At a time of stagnant wage growth and mounting rent increases, the same cannot be said for renters. Their inability to reach the market because of affordability and supply restrictions is contributing to rising wealth inequality in the U.S.”

  • The five most expensive housing markets in the first quarter were the San Jose, Calif., metro area, where the median existing single-family price was $970,000; San Francisco, $770,300; Honolulu, $721,400; Anaheim-Santa Ana, Calif., $713,700; and San Diego, $554,300.
  • The five lowest-cost metro areas in the first quarter were Cumberland, Md., $67,400; Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, Ohio, $77,500; Decatur, Ill., $83,300; Wichita Falls, Texas, $95,200, and Rockford, Ill., $95,800.

[Article Source: NAR news release]

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United Van Lines’ National Movers Study – Oregon is Top Moving Destination

Data reflects longer-term trends of people moving to the Pacific West

By Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog

(February 10, 2016) – The results of  the United Van Lines’ 39th Annual National Movers Study shows that Oregon holds on to the No. 1 spot as “Top Moving Destination” for 2015.

The report also shows that 69 percent of moves to and from Oregon were inbound. Oregon has increased inbound migration by 10 percent over the past six years and has ranked No. 1 on the list for three consecutive years.  Another Pacific Northwest state, Washington, made its first appearance on the list landing at No. 10 with 56 percent inbound moves.

 

Moving In

The top inbound states of 2015 were:

  1. Oregon
  2. South Carolina
  3. Vermont
  4. Idaho
  5. North Carolina
  6. Florida
  7. Nevada
  8. District of Columbia
  9. Texas
  10. Washington

Moving Out

The top outbound states for 2015 were:

  1. New Jersey
  2. New York
  3. Illinois
  4. Connecticut
  5. Ohio
  6. Kansas
  7. Massachusetts
  8. West Virginia
  9. Mississippi
  10. Maryland

For more information or to download the report, visit the United Van Lines Newsroom.

[Source: http://www.unitedvanlines.com/]

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For the third consecutive year, Oregon holds on to the No. 1 spot as “Top Moving Destination,” as Americans continue to pack up and head West and South. Those are the results of United Van Lines’ 39th Annual National Movers Study, which tracks customers’ state-to-state migration patterns over the past year.

Cash Sales Drop to 32 Percent of Home Sales

Cash sales made up 31.9 percent of total home sales in May 2015, down from 35.1 percent in May 2014

By Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog

(c) Can Stock PhotoOnlineEd (August 19, 2015). – According to a report by Core Logic, cash sales made up 31.9 percent of total home sales in May 2015, down from 35.1 percent in May 2014. May 2015 the 29th consecutive month of declines. The year-over-year share has fallen each month since January 2013 . Month-over-month, the cash sales share fell by 1.7 percentage points in May 2015 compared with April 2015.

Cash sales share peaked in January 2011 at 46.5 percent of total home sales nationally. Before the housing crisis, cash sales totaled approximately 25 percent of total home sales.

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Real Estate Firms Are Confident About Future Profitability

The demand for real property is back, says NAR Report

By Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog

WASHINGTON D.C. (August 6, 2015) –Real estate firms are confident in the industry’s future growth and their increasing profitability, according to the 2015 National Association of Realtors® Profile of Real Estate Firms.

canstockphoto11275276“A majority of firms have a positive view of the future, with 95 percent of all firms expecting their net income to either increase or stay the same in the next year,” said NAR President Chris Polychron, executive broker with 1st Choice Realty in Hot Springs, Ark. “The improving economy continues to fuel job growth, and while some markets are still recovering, the demand for real property is back, and prospects are looking good for the real estate industry.”

The annual survey found that commercial firms are the most optimistic, with 75 percent expecting net income to increase, and 22 percent anticipating it to stay the same. Residential firms are only slightly less optimistic; 69 percent report that they expect to see an increase in their net income next year, 25 percent expect it to stay the same, and 6 percent predict a decrease. Only 3 percent of commercial firms predict a decrease in net income in the next year.

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Down Payments at 3-year Low Indicating First Time Buyers Enter Marketplace

woman buyer keysIRVINE, Calif. – June 4, 2015 — RealtyTrac® (www.realtytrac.com), the nation’s leading source for comprehensive housing data, today released its Q1 2015 U.S. Home Purchase Down Payment Report, which shows the average down payment for single family homes, condos and townhomes purchased in the first quarter was 14.8 percent of the purchase price, down from 15.2 percent in the previous quarter and down from 15.5 percent a year ago to the lowest level since Q1 2012.

The report also shows that the average down payment for FHA purchase loans originated in the first quarter was 2.9 percent of the purchase price while the average down payment for conventional loans was 18.4 percent of the purchase price.

The average down payment in dollars was $57,710 in the first quarter, up slightly from $57,618 in the previous quarter and down slightly from $57,992 in the first quarter of 2014. The average down payment in dollars for FHA purchase loans originated in the first quarter was $7,609 while the average down payment for conventional loans backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac was $72,590.

FHA loans as a share of loan originations increased throughout the quarter, from 21 percent in January to 22 percent in February to 25 percent in March.

“Down payment trends in the first quarter indicate that first time homebuyers are finally starting to come out of the woodwork, albeit it gradually,” said Daren Blomquist, vice president at RealtyTrac. “New low down payment loan programs recently introduced by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, along with the lower insurance premiums for FHA loans that took effect at the end of January are helping, given that first time homebuyers typically aren’t able to pony up large down payments. Also helping tilt the balances toward first time homebuyers in the first quarter is less competition from the large institutional investors that have been buying up starter home inventory as rentals.”

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  This article was published on June 5, 2015. All information contained in this posting is deemed correct and current as of this date, but is not guaranteed by the author and may have been obtained by third-party sources. Due to the fluid nature of the subject matter, regulations, requirements and laws, prices and all other information may or may not be correct in the future and should be verified if cited, shared or otherwise republished.

Home Prices Up By 6.8% Year over Year, Says Corelogic® Report

(c) Can Stock Photo(Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd) – CoreLogic® has released its April 2015 CoreLogic Home Price Index (HPI®). The nationwide index shows that home prices, including distressed sales, increased by 6.8 percent in April 2015 compared with April 2014. This represents 38 months of consecutive year-over-year increases in home prices.

Excluding distressed sales, home prices increased by 6.8 percent in April 2015 compared with April 2014 and increased by 2.3 percent month over month compared with March 2015. Excluding distressed sales, only South Dakota (-0.3 percent) and Louisiana (-0.2 percent) showed year-over-year depreciation in April.

 “For the first four months of 2015, home sales were up 9 percent compared to the same period a year ago,” said Frank Nothaft, chief economist for CoreLogic. “One byproduct of the increased sales activity is rising house prices, and, as a result, month-over-month home prices are up almost 3 percent for April 2015 and up more than 6 percent from a year ago.”

“Old fashion supply and demand, fueled by historically low mortgage rates and improving consumer finances and confidence, continue to push home prices up,” said Anand Nallathambi, president and CEO of CoreLogic. “We expect continued price appreciation throughout 2015 and into next year. Over the longer term, household formation, up by more than one million over the past year alone, will drive down vacancy rates and create tighter housing markets in many metropolitan areas. This should provide the necessary underpinning for rising prices for the foreseeable future.”

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  This article was published on June 2, 2015. All information contained in this posting is deemed correct and current as of this date, but is not guaranteed by the author and may have been obtained by third-party sources. Due to the fluid nature of the subject matter, regulations, requirements and laws, prices and all other information may or may not be correct in the future and should be verified if cited, shared or otherwise republished.

Home Sales Slow in April, But Remain up From a Year Ago

(c) Can Stock Photo(Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd) –  Despite properties typically selling faster than at any time since July 2013, existing–home sales slowed in April but remained above an annual sales pace of five million for the second straight month, according to the latest report from the National Association of Realtors®. All major regions except for the Midwest experienced sales declines in April.

Total existing-home sales declined 3.3 percent in April, but have increased year–over–year for seven consecutive months and are still 6.1 percent above a year ago, according to the latest report from the  National Association of Realtors®

“April’s setback is the result of lagging supply relative to demand and the upward pressure it’s putting on prices,” said Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist.” However, the overall data and feedback we’re hearing from Realtors® continues to point to elevated levels of buying interest compared to a year ago. With low interest rates and job growth, more buyers will be encouraged to enter the market unless prices accelerate even higher in relation to incomes.”

Properties sold in April faster (39 days) than at any time since July 2013 (42 days) and the second shortest time (37 days in June 2013) since NAR began tracking in May 2011.

“Housing inventory declined from last year and supply in many markets is very tight, which in turn is leading to bidding wars, faster price growth and properties selling at a quicker pace,” says Yun. “To put it in perspective, roughly 40 percent of properties sold last month went at or above asking price, the highest since NAR began tracking this monthly data in December 2012.”

NAR President Chris Polychron, executive broker with 1st Choice Realty in Hot Springs, Ark., cautions that closings for some home sales could drag after August 1 and into the fall as lenders transition to the new closing procedures and documentation required by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Real Estate Settlement and Procedures Act and Truth in Lending Act, or RESPA–TILA, integrated disclosure rule. “There likely will be bumps in the closing process while all parties get used to the new requirements,” he said. “We hope that the move away from the HUD–1 is smooth, but even if only 10 percent of transactions experience closing issues, that’s as many as 40,000 transactions a month.”

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  This article was published on May 21, 2015. All information contained in this posting is deemed correct and current as of this date, but is not guaranteed by the author and may have been obtained by third-party sources. Due to the fluid nature of the subject matter, regulations, requirements and laws, prices and all other information may or may not be correct in the future and should be verified if cited, shared or otherwise republished.

 

 

 

Rents Higher Than Ever Before, Rental Crisis Worsens

rising rents(Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd) – In April, rents grew at four percent year-over-year, overtaking home values, which appreciated at an annual rate of three percent. According to April Zillow® Real Estate Market Reports, soaring rents outpaced home values in April for the first time in years, further deepening a “rental crisis” and signaling that home values are growing at a more normal pace.

Home values in April ticked slightly upward from March, to a national Zillow Home Value Index of $178,400 ­– a three percent increase over last April. The Zillow Rent Index (ZRI) rose four percent year-over-year, to $1,364.

The switch comes after years of rapid home-value increases sped along by the improving economy. U.S. home values peaked in 2007, and then crashed during the Great Recession between 2008 and 2010. Since then, they have risen rapidly, returning to their peak levels in many markets.U.S. homebuyers can expect to spend about 15.3 percent of their income each month on a typical house payment. Renters can expect to spend about 30 percent on a monthly rent payment.

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  This article was published on May 21, 2015. All information contained in this posting is deemed correct and current as of this date, but is not guaranteed by the author and may have been obtained by third-party sources. Due to the fluid nature of the subject matter, regulations, requirements and laws, prices and all other information may or may not be correct in the future and should be verified if cited, shared or otherwise republished.

2015 To Be The Best Year For Home Sales Since 2007, Says Freddie Mac Report On Housing

(c) Can Stock Photo(Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd) – Between now and the end of June, we’ll see about 40 percent of all home sales for the year. These next few months will essentially tell us whether or not 2015 will be a good or bad year for housing markets. According to the latest Freddie Mac March 2015 U.S. Economic & Housing Market Outlook report, we have cause to have a good feeling about housing this year. In fact, Freddie says they expect the best year for home sales and new home construction since 2007.  With 80 percent of metro markets now affordable, it may take an unforeseen disaster to slow things down.  Read the complete report.

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  This article was published on March 13, 2015. All information contained in this posting is deemed correct and current as of this date, but is not guaranteed by the author and may have been obtained by third-party sources. Due to the fluid nature of the subject matter, regulations, requirements and laws, prices and all other information may or may not be correct in the future and should be verified if cited, shared or otherwise republished.