Housing Affordability

Drought Intensifies for Starter Supply

May 1st, 2018
There is all-but-dried up inventory on the market—and, for buyers at the entry level, any available homes are likely priced out of reach, according to the March Zillow® Real Estate Market Report. “This year’s home-shopping season is shaping up to...

Appreciation at Quicker Pace, Up 5.7 Percent

May 14th, 2018
Appreciation grew quicker in the first quarter of 2018, up 5.7 percent year-over-year, according to the latest quarterly report by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). “The worsening inventory crunch through the first three months of the year inflicted even...

Midyear Update: Flat Forecast for Home Sales This Year

May 20th, 2018
For the foreseeable future, the housing market will be plagued by scarce supply, according to presenters at the 2018 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo, held recently in Washington, D.C. With the economy and employment encouraging growth, home sales will...

As 2017 Ended, Rents Rose

January 6th, 2018
The median national rent rose toward the end of 2017, contrary to the predominant trend for the year, according to the November Zillow® Real Estate Market Report. The gain, 2.4 percent year-over-year to $1,435, is on par with income increases,...

Buying Is Better Financially in More Than Half of Markets: Report

January 15th, 2018
It is more affordable to buy a home than rent one in more than half of markets—but for how long remains uncertain, according to recently released research. In 54 percent of the over 400 counties analyzed by ATTOM Data Solutions,...

10 Percent and Falling: Housing Inventory Keeps Shrinking

January 21st, 2018
Buyers are being challenged by diminished inventory and mounting prices, especially in areas with crisis-level supply, according to the December Zillow® Real Estate Market Report. Inventory is down 10 percent from last year—a three-year trend—and, in the buzziest markets, as...

Freddie: 2018 ‘Looking Pretty Good’ for Economy, Housing

January 22nd, 2018
Bolstered by economic gains, home-building, prices and sales are all forecasted to outdo 2017 this year, according to Freddie Mac researchers. In Freddie’s January Outlook, “Maintaining Momentum: 2018 and Beyond,” analysts believe the economy is moderating—growing 2.5 percent in 2018,...

Affordable Housing and HELOC Deductibility Under New Tax Laws

February 7th, 2018
The new tax bill passed by Congress in December 2017, celebrated as the Trump Administration’s first major legislative victory, will have inadvertent consequences for potential homebuyers looking to buy homes in high-end markets, and for those with a home equity...

Buyers Caught in Deadlock: NAR

February 7th, 2018
Buying a home is a mark of the American Dream—but even though the desire exists, realizing it is a struggle, according to the Aspiring Home Buyers Profile recently released by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). Homebuyers are hopeful, however....

Buyers Entering the Market Solo Struggle

February 12th, 2018
Accumulating a down payment is a struggle—and even more so for singles, according to a new report. Singles are facing more than 10 years of saving, assuming they make a 20 percent down payment on a median-priced property, an analysis...
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