Real Estate Economy Watch

Real Estate Economy Watch


Real Estate Economy Watch, was recognized as one of the two best real estate news sites of 2011 by the National Association of Real Estate Editors. 

Thirty Somethings Flip-Flopped on Homeownership

January 26, 2014


An analysis by Chris Porter, a senior manager at the John Burns Real Estate Consulting practice, has some frightening findings for the housing industry.  Americans aged 30 to 34 years old in 2012 had the lowest homeownership rate of any similarly aged group before them… yet just five years earlier, in 2007, the same people had the highest homeownership rate … Read More »



Remodeling Update: Putting on a Pretty Face Pays Off Best

January 20, 2014 3 Comments


A home’s curb appeal is the first thing buyers notice about a home. That’s why Realtors rated eight exterior projects among the top ten most valuable home improvement projects in the 2014 Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report.Read More »



Fannie Bets on Builders

January 13, 2014

Fannie Mae’s latest economic outlook for the year is counting on housing to double its contribution to GDP in 2014, largely due to new homebuilding activity. Read More »

Low Inventories Threaten a Repeat of 2013

January 6, 2014

Even though the new year began with list prices 11.1 percent higher than they were a year ago and at least 4.9 million homeowners have been freed from negative equity since 2012, inventories of listings are only 2.7 percent higher on December 30 than they were a year ago. Read More »

Prices to Plateau for Months?

December 30, 2013

The price increases that drove the recovery in 2013, wiping out $232 billion in negative equity and prompting millions of owners to sell, may go out with a whimper when the new year arrives, leaving real estate markets with anemic price gains, if any, for months to come. Read More »

Low December Inventories Echo Last Year

January 21, 2014
As the year ended, inventories retreated to virtually the same levels as last year, erasing the year-over-year inventory growth and raising questions about the possibility of a return to the market dynamics of last year, which saw inventory shortfalls drive price increases and curb demand. Inventories fell 6.24% in November as the home sales season ended and owners pulled their homes off the market until spring. Read More »

Case-Shiller: October Price Increases Reach 13.6 Percent Year-over-year

Prices on both S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices reached their highest year-over-year gain in nearly eight years in October as they rose 0.2 percent over September. It was the seventeenth consecutive month that both the 10 and 20-city indexes increased on an annual basis. Read More »

Big Investors Target Pricey Neighborhoods

December 26, 2013

Hedge funds and other large investors do much better by buying up rentals in higher rather than lower income neighborhoods, according to a new report sponsored by RealtyTrac. The preference for pricey may be contributing to the deterioration and loss of low-cost rental housing, labeled grave concerns by the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies. Read More »

Healthy Markets Focus on West, Midwest

December 13, 2013
In October, the five healthiest markets were San Jose (Market Health Index of 9), San Francisco (8.9), Los Angeles (8.6), San Diego (8.4) and Denver (8.1). among the country’s top 30 largest metro markets covered by Zillow’s new healthy homes report while in September Homes .com reported a majority of the nation’s largest markets, 52 percent, have recovered more than half of the equity lost during the housing depression. Read More »

November Sales Sink Below 2012

Home sales in November saw a surprisingly steep drop, down 16.8 percent from October and falling 10.9 percent year over year. This is the first time in 2013 home sales have dipped below 2012 levels. Read More »

Fed Economists Sound the Alarm on Investors

Real estate investors large and small have helped clear foreclosure inventories, supported prices in ailing markets and renovated sizable portions of the nation’s housing stock. However, if their share of the housing stock or debt financing grows, they could pose significant risk to the nation’s financial stability, a new study by two Federal Reserve economists concludes in what is believed be the first study exist on the effect of single-family-real-estate business investor activity on housing markets or other outcomes. Read More »

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