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February 2015 Economic Outlook

Sam Khater    |    Housing Trends

  • Employers have added over 1 million people to their payrolls in the last 3 months; the largest increase in 18 years
  • Oil price drop has done more to increase consumer confidence than five years of economic growth
  • Soaring consumer confidence bodes well for new home sales and residential construction
  • Key oil market home price overvaluation much smaller...

Cash Transactions Made Up 36 Percent of All Home Sales in November 2014

Michigan Had the Highest Cash Sales Share of Any State in November

Molly Boesel    |    Housing Trends

Cash sales made up 36.1 percent of total home sales in November 2014, down from 38.8 percent in November 2013. The year-over-year share has fallen each month since January 2013, making November the 23rd consecutive month of declines. Month over month, the cash sales share ticked up by half of a percentage point, as is typical for the fall and winter months. Due to seasonality in the housing...

At Current Rate of Decline, Cash Sales Share Should Reach Pre-Crisis Levels in 2017

Cash Sales Made Up 35 Percent of Total Home Sales in October 2014

Molly Boesel    |    Housing Trends

Cash sales made up 35.5 percent of total home sales in October 2014, down from 38.7 percent in October 2013. The year-over-year share has fallen each month since January 2013, making October the 22nd consecutive month of declines. Month over month, the cash sales share ticked up by half of a percentage point, as is typical for the fall and winter months. Due to seasonality in the...

The 2015 Housing Outlook

Economic Fundamentals Finally Back in the Driver’s Seat

Sam Khater    |    Housing Trends

  • The U.S. economy is picking up steam, as strong employment growth is exhibited within the first-time homebuyer age group.
  • Home sales will increase by 9 percent in 2015, housing starts are expected to grow 14 percent and home price growth is expected to moderate.
  • Markets with the highest home price appreciation reflect fundamental strengths of their economies,...

Goldilocks and The Three Credit Bears

Is Credit Too Tight, Too Loose or Just Right?

Mark Fleming    |    Housing Trends, Mortgage Performance

One of the most pressing issues in housing finance today is the availability of credit. The lack of access to credit has been cited as a reason for the slower-than-hoped-for growth in home sales. The often cited Federal Reserve Loan Officer Survey tells us whether lenders are tightening or loosening credit, but tells us much less about the overall level of availability of credit....

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