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SoCal Caps 2016 with Steady Home Price Growth and Modest Sales Gain

Some Areas Appear Modestly “Overvalued” Relative to Incomes

Andrew LePage    |    Housing Trends

SoCal Counties YOY Change in Home Prices

Southern California’s housing market closed 2016 with the highest median sale price in nine years, continued steady price growth, slightly higher full-year sales than in 2015, record luxury sales, and lower levels of investor purchases and distressed sales. But inventory remained tight, exacerbating the affordability crunch, and there were stronger signs of a disconnect between home...

Challenges of Loan Origination – Estimating Accurate Property Tax Amounts

Current Industry Practice, Potential Improvements and Benefits

Dominique Lalisse    |    Housing Trends

In the days prior to the democratization and standardization of credit scores and credit reports, the process of estimating a borrower’s credit worthiness was a non-standardized, cumbersome and time consuming process. The process relied on specialized knowledge and personal interpretation of financial information. As the mortgage process evolved, breakthrough productivity and quality...

New-Home Sales Up for Fifth Straight Year

New Construction Sales Up More Than 50% Since 2011

Frank Nothaft    |    Housing Trends, Videos

Nothaft January 2017 video blog


 

Low mortgage rates, job growth, and an improving consumer optimism have all supported the recovery in home sales during the last few years. Both sales of newly built as well as previously owned homes are up, with the growth stronger for new homes. Since the trough in new-home sales in 2011, sales had jumped more than 50 percent by 2016 (Figure...

Cash and Distressed Sales Update: October 2016

Distressed Sales Made Up 7.7 Percent of All Home Sales in October and Is Back to 2007 Levels

Molly Boesel    |    Housing Trends

Cash Sales Share by Sale Type
  • The cash sales share was 31.8 percent in October
  • The distressed sales share fell 2.9 percentage points year over year from October 2015
  • The distressed sales share fell in all but eight states

Cash sales accounted for 31.8 percent of total home sales in October 2016, down 2.7 percentage points year over year from October 2015. The cash sales...

Collateral-Related Loan Denials Exhibit Wide Geographical Variations

Volume of Sales, Market Distress, Home-Price Growth May Be Causes of Variation

Yanling Mayer    |    Housing Trends

Home Appraisals below Sale Contract Price, 2015

In a November CoreLogic Insights Blog, collateral was noted as the third most-frequently-cited reason for denials (13.7 percent) for nearly 450,000 first-lien purchase mortgage applications on one- to four-family,...

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