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The State of House Flipping in 2016 – Part II

Texas and Florida Flipping Activities Were Strong in 2016

Bin He    |    Housing Trends


In Part I of this blog we discussed flipping activity in 2016 – investors buying homes, repairing and selling them within a short period of time for a profit – at the national level. Here we focus on flipping activity at the local metro level for 2016. A flipped property is defined as a property that is bought and sold within twelve months.


Investors have historically outweighed first home buyers, but the spread in market participation has never been this wide

Cameron Kusher    |    International


Over recent years the level of investor participation in the national housing market has hit historic high levels and at the same time, housing finance commitments to owner occupier first time buyers has shrunk.  As an example, January 2017 housing finance data shows that based on the total value of housing finance commitments, a record-low 7.1% of commitments were to owner occupier first...

The State of House Flipping in 2016 – Part I

At the National Level, Flipping Activity is the Second Lowest Since 2012

Bin He    |    Housing Trends


Flipping is the term used when an investor purchases a property, renovates and repairs it, and then re-sells it within a short period of time for a profit. In a blog series I published a while back, Is Flipping Coming Back? Part I and...

Foreclosure Report Highlights: 10-Year Retrospect of the US Residential Foreclosure Crisis

National Foreclosure Rate Down to Less Than 1 Percent From a High of 3.6 Percent

Molly Boesel    |    Mortgage Performance


This year marks a decade since the start of the housing crisis[1]. Since mid-2007 more than 7.5 million homes have been foreclosed on according to a 10-year retrospect of the U.S. residential foreclosure crisis, “United...

Notes from the Hill: Alternative Credit Scoring

Credit Score Competition Act Reintroduced

Russell McIntyre    |    Housing Policy


On February 7, Representative Ed Royce (R-CA-39) reintroduced the Credit Score Competition Act, which would require Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Government-Sponsored Enterprises, or GSEs) to consider alternative credit scoring models in their mortgage purchasing decisions.

What Does the...