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CoreLogic Case-Shiller Indexes: Out With The Old and In With The New

Fewer Foreclosure Resales the Key Difference in New Case-Shiller Indexes

David Stiff    |    Housing Trends, Property Valuation

How much did home prices fall during the housing market crash? According to the new monthly CoreLogic Case-Shiller National Home Price Index, U.S. prices fell by 27 percent. But if measured by the old, quarterly Case-Shiller index, the peak-to-trough decline was 35 percent. So why do two home price indexes, both calculated using the same Case-Shiller methodology, differ so noticeably on the...

The Long-Term Rise of Condo Sales

Naples, Houston and Denver Are The Three Fastest Growing Condo Markets in the US

Sam Khater    |    Housing Trends

In July we analyzed the normalization of existing condo prices relative to the single-family housing market, which we concluded was a prelude to recovery in prices for the new condo market. But to truly understand what’s happening with condos now and in months or years to come, we have to look at part two of...

Housing-Related Spending Made Up 17.6 Percent of GDP in the First Quarter of 2014

Revisions Show Largest Monthly Decrease in GDP Since 2009

Molly Boesel    |    Housing Trends

Residential Investment Growth Slowed in Lastest Quarter

The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis released its third estimate of Q1 2014 gross domestic product (GDP) today and the numbers show downward revisions in overall GDP growth from the second estimate released in May 2014. The first-quarter 2014 year-over-year growth rate for overall GDP was 1.5 percent, revised down from 2 percent, and the housing-related GDP growth was revised up to 2.1 percent...

“Generation Renter”

Millennials Delaying Milestone Life Events, Such As Homeownership, to Pursue Different Goals

Sam Khater

George Bernard Shaw wrote that “youth is wasted on the young.” While that is debatable, the young are certainly not wasting their youth when it comes to education, and that is having a big impact on homeownership rates by generation. Several new research studies on Millennials, (aka “Generation Y,” those born in the early 1980s through the early 2000s), indicate that a...

REO Inventory Rising Once Again

Recent Improvement in the Stock of REO Properties Fades in 2014

Sam Khater    |    Housing Trends

Real Estate Owned (REOs) Properties Are on the Rise

After reaching a trough of 375,000 homes in August 2013, the number of real estate owned (REO) properties in the U.S. grew 15 percent to 430,000 as of March 2014 (Figure 1). The increase was broad-based, rising in 46 states. While the increase was moderate nationally, some states saw larger increases than others. Idaho led the way with the stock of REO properties nearly doubling between August...

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