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Cash Sales Made Up 34 Percent of All Home Sales in April 2015

Lowest Cash Sales Share Since September 2008

Molly Boesel    |    Housing Trends

Cash Sales Share by Sale Type

Cash sales made up 33.7 percent of total home sales in April 2015, down from 37.4 percent in April 2014. The year-over-year share has fallen each month since January 2013, making April 2015 the 28th consecutive month of declines. Month over month, the cash sales share fell by 0.9 percentage points. Due to seasonality in the housing market, cash sales share comparisons should be made on a...

Strong Dollar Discourages Many Foreign Homebuyers in the US

Frank Nothaft    |    Housing Trends

U.S. Dollar Has Appreciated Against Most Currencies

Home sales in the U.S. during the first four months of 2015 have been the best in eight years. Relative to the same period one year ago, sales jumped 9 percent, helped by a drop in fixed mortgage rates of almost one-half a percentage point. However, one group of homebuyers has backed off over the past year: foreign buyers.

The National Association of Realtors reports that the...

CoreLogic Chief Economist Perspective- July 2015

Rental Remains Robust

Frank Nothaft    |    Housing Trends, Videos

CoreLogic Chief Economist Perspective- July 2015

A vibrant rental market has been an outgrowth of the Great Recession and housing market crash. Apartment vacancy rates are down to their lowest levels since the 1980s, rental apartment construction is the most robust in more than 25 years, rents are up, and apartment building values are at or above their prior peaks. But the rental market is more than just apartments in...

Reading the Tea Leaves

Will home prices in the San Francisco market continue to increase?

Bin He    |    Housing Trends

Home prices in the San Francisco area have been rapidly increasing since early 2012, reaching year-over-year appreciation rates of more than 20 percent in early 2013. Since then, home prices have continued to increase but at a slower pace. Figure 1 shows the CoreLogic Home Price IndexTM (HPI) and year-over-year change for the San Francisco market. It shows that the HPI has...

The State of the Nation’s Housing

Sam Khater    |    Housing Trends

Today the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University released the 2015 State of the Nation’s Housing report, which highlighted four main trends. First, homeownership rates by age are declining faster than the overall rate. Second, the rental boom is not only driven by millennials, but also by older households. Third, rental burdens are high and spreading beyond low-income...

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