Posts filed under “Real Estate”
Source: National Association of Realtors Expensive home sales have been in the news a lot these days. The Wall Street Journal wrote about a “palatially priced” mansion in Florida listed at $139 million. The Los Angeles Times featured a Beverly Hills mansion listed at $85 million — interestingly, it was built on speculation. Business…Read More
Why Aren’t More Renters Becoming Homeowners? Andreas Fuster, Basit Zafar, and Matthew Cocci Liberty Street Economics Recent activity in the U.S. housing market has been widely perceived as disappointing. For instance, sales of both new and existing homes were about 5 percent lower over the first half of 2014 than over the first half…Read More
Bespoke: Below is a look at how much home prices have increased for each city tracked by S&P/Case-Shiller since the housing bust lows. As shown, San Francisco remains by far the biggest winner with a gain of 66%. Detroit and Las Vegas have seen the 2nd and 3rd largest increases in price at 51% and…Read More
Source: RealtyTrac Each quarter, RealtyTrac releases its “Home Equity and Underwater Report.” According to RealtyTrac’s data, “9.1 million U.S. residential properties were seriously underwater.” Mortgages that are “seriously underwater” exceed a property’s value by at least 25 percent. They also account for 17.2 percent of all properties with a mortgage. That number decreased slightly…Read More
Home sales, at least in the U.S., seem to be rising. Existing home sales in June increased to 5.04 million annualized. That number may be affected by the weather, as June sales most likely come from contracts signed after the depths of winter.
To find out if this is a global improvement, we can take a look at the International Monetary Fund’s Global House Price Index. Its data and lovely infographics give us a few interesting things to digest. (You can also use the BIS data or OECD statistics).
The first chart shows the annual percentage change in housing prices. The U.S. is 10th, and housing prices in the country are still far below (35 percent, or so) their 2006 peak.
Source: Morning Market Tidbits, BofA Merrill Lynch Wage growth for construction workers is historically low; Let’s see if we can figure out why: First, home production has been relatively slow, which should be expected following a long period of overbuilding. That was the excuse from 2007 to 2010. Eight years after home building volume…Read More