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Cash Sales Share Falls 3 Percentage Points From a Year Ago

Cash Sales Accounted for 32 Percent of All Home Sales in September 2015

Molly Boesel    |    Housing Trends

Cash Sales Share by Sale Type

Cash sales accounted for 32.5[1] percent of total home sales in September 2015, down 3.4 percentage points from 35.9 percent in September 2014. On a month-over-month basis, the cash sales share increased by 0.2 percentage points in September 2015 compared with August 2015. The cash sales share typically increases month over month in September, and due to seasonality in the housing...

Dollar Volume of Negative Equity Decreased by $8 Billion from Q2 2015 to Q3 2015

National Negative Equity Share Remains Under 10 Percent in Q3 2015

Molly Boesel    |    Mortgage Performance

The nationwide negative equity share decreased from 8.7 percent in Q2 2015 to 8.1 percent in Q3 2015, while the number of underwater loans (or those in negative equity) fell from 4.3 million to 4.1 million over the same period, according to the latest CoreLogic Equity Report . The total dollar amount of negative...

Mortgage Debt Outstanding Rose by 1 Percent in Q3 2015

The Latest Report Marks a Year of Growth in Mortgage Debt

Molly Boesel    |    Mortgage Performance

Mortgage Debt Outstanding Makes a Turn

The Federal Reserve released the third-quarter Flow of Funds1 data last week, and the results might reveal a turning point of sorts for the U.S. housing market.

Included in the Flow of Funds is the amount of mortgage debt held by households, which is a key residential housing market indicator. The accompanying chart shows the amount of mortgage debt outstanding (MDO)...

Foreclosure Inventory Falls 21 Percent in October 2015

Only Three States Had Year-Over-Year Increases in Foreclosure Inventory

Molly Boesel    |    Mortgage Performance

Distressed Inventory Continues to Shrink
  • The foreclosure inventory fell 21.5 percent year over year in October 2015.
  • The seriously delinquent inventory fell 19.7 percent year over year in October 2015.
  • The foreclosure rate in judicial states is still two and a half times the pre-crisis rate.

The national foreclosure inventory – the number of loans in the foreclosure process...

Jobs and Quality of Life Drive Housing Price Gains Again as Once-Hot Distressed Markets Cool

Denver and Portland Now Back at Peak Levels

Molly Boesel    |    Property Valuation

Last year, at this time, the markets with the biggest gains in the S&P/Case-Shiller home price indices were those that had fallen the hardest in the past. This fall, however, the leading housing markets appear to be those appreciating for more customary reasons, such as quality of life and the opportunity for high-paying jobs.

Overall, home price increases appear to be...

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