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Cash Sales Update: June 2016

Cash Sales Share Below 30 Percent is First Since 2007

Molly Boesel    |    Housing Trends

Cash sales accounted for 29.3 percent of total home sales in June 2016, down 2.5 percentage points year over year from June 2015. On a month-over-month basis, the cash sales share fell by 0.9 percentage points in June 2016 compared with May 2016. The cash sales share peaked in January 2011 when cash transactions accounted for 46.6 percent of total home sales nationally. June 2016 marks the...

Colorado Home Prices: High on Marijuana?

Locales That Allowed Retail Marijuana Sales Had Increased Price Growth

Yanling Mayer    |    Housing Trends

CO Counties where Retail Marijuana is Permitted

On November 6, 2012, Colorado voters made history by passing Amendment 64 legalizing marijuana for recreational purposes. Colorado became one of the first two states in U.S., along with...

Return to Cities or Heading for the Hills?

Urban Rebound Causes Large Shift in Lower Credit Borrowers to Seek the Outer Suburbs

Sam Khater    |    Housing Trends

Rising Inner Suburban Prices

American homebuyers are on the move, but maybe not in the direction that most people think. The much-discussed “return to the cities” movement is happening, but from a mortgage industry perspective it may be something of a “head-fake.”

While there is no doubt there’s been an urban rebound in many of America’s cities, it has been driven by...

Distressed Sales Update: May 2016

Distressed Sales Accounted for 8 Percent of Homes Sold Nationally in May 2016

Molly Boesel    |    Housing Trends

Distressed Sales as Percentage of Total Sales
  • Of total sales in May 2016, distressed sales accounted for 8.4 percent and real estate-owned (REO) sales accounted for 5.4 percent
  • The REO sales share was 22.5 percentage points below its peak of 27.9 percent in January 2009
  • Distressed sales shares fell in most states, including the oil markets

Distressed sales, which include REO and short...

Cash Sales Update: May 2016

Cash Sales Accounted for 30 Percent of All Home Sales in May

Molly Boesel    |    Housing Trends

Cash sales accounted for 30 percent of total home sales in May 2016, down 2.5 percentage points year over year from May 2015. On a month-over-month basis, the cash sales share fell by 1.7 percentage points in May 2016 compared with April 2016. For the first five months of 2016, the cash sales share averaged 33 percent, the lowest start to any year since 2008. The cash sales share peaked in...

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