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Is Flipping Coming Back? Part I

National Flipping Activity in Q1 2016 is Well Below its 2005 Peak

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. Flipping was at an all-time high before the housing bubble burst because of easy access to credit and speculation for higher home prices. Now home prices have been appreciating at a relatively high rate for almost four years, and in fact,...

Cash Sales Share Continues Downward Trend in 2016

Cash Sales Accounted for 35 Percent of All Home Sales in January 2016

Molly Boesel    |    Housing Trends

Cash Sales Share by Sale Type

Cash sales accounted for 35.5 percent of total home sales in January 2016, down 4.2 percentage points year over year from 39.7 percent in January 2015. On a month-over-month basis, the cash sales share increased by 1.9 percentage points in January 2016 compared with December 2015. The month-over-month increase was typical for the month of January.

The cash sales share peaked in...

National Supply of Homes For Sale rises to 6.8 months in January 2016

Some Markets Show Impacts of Low Oil Prices in Their Months of Supply

Shu Chen    |    Housing Trends

Months of Supply by Price Tier

As the U.S. housing market strengthened last year the inventory of homes for sale fell to a post-housing-crisis low. So how is the inventory shaping up early this year? Nationally, the number of homes for-sale equated to a 6.8-month supply[1] in January 2016, up from a 6.5-month supply in January 2015.

Figure 1 breaks out...

Cash Sales Share in 2015 Lowest in Seven Years

Cash Sales Accounted for 34 Percent of All Home Sales in 2015

Molly Boesel    |    Housing Trends

Cash Sales Share by Sale Type

Cash sales accounted for 33.4 percent of total home sales in December 2015 and 33.9 percent of total home sales for the full year 2015. The full year 2015 cash sales share was the lowest since 2008. The December cash sales share was  down 3.3 percentage points year over year from 36.7 percent in December 2014. On a month-over-month basis, the cash sales share fell by 2.8 percentage...

High-End Sales Will Continue to Slide in San Francisco, NYC

Double-digit increases in inventory hurting top markets, especially New York

Sam Khater    |    Housing Trends

High End Inventory Rising

The “back-up” of high-end housing inventory means that sales in two of the country’s priciest housing markets—New York and San Francisco—should continue to fall. This is especially true in the Big Apple.

What’s striking about this accelerating trend is that 2015 was a record sales year in both of these high-profile markets.

In 2015,...

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