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The Rise of Housing Obsolescence and Shadow Demand

Inventory of Existing Homes For Sale May Be Increasingly Non-Desirable

Mark Fleming    |    Housing Trends

This week, new and existing home sale estimates for March were released by the U.S. Census Bureau and the National Association of Realtors (NAR). New home sales were down 13.3 percent and existing home sales...

Housing-Related Spending Made Up 17.3 Percent of GDP in Fourth Quarter 2013

Housing-Related GDP Grew at the Same Rate as Overall GDP

Molly Boesel

The Bureau of Economic Analysis released its second estimate of fourth quarter 2013 gross domestic product (GDP) today and the numbers show downward revisions in overall GDP and housing-related expenditures from the advance estimate released in January 2014. The fourth quarter 2013 year-over-year growth rate for overall GDP was revised downward from 2.7 percent to 2.5 percent and the...

The State of the Multifamily Market

Demand for Multifamily Market Remains High

Sam Khater    |    Housing Trends, Mortgage Performance

Last week, I attended the National Multifamily Council’s Apartment Strategies Conference and was struck by the differences between hot single-family and multifamily markets. The strongest single-family markets – as evidenced by price increases – are primarily in California and include Stockton, Riverside, Oakland and Sacramento, as well as Las Vegas. The recoveries in these...

Slow Money Is Replacing Fast Money

The Single-Family Residential Rental Asset Class Is Maturing Quickly

Mark Fleming

This week, I attended the IMN Single Family Aggregation: The REO-to-Rental Forum in uncharacteristically overcast and drizzly Scottsdale, Ariz. The fact that there are now conferences for single-family residential institutional investors speaks volumes about the increasing maturity of...

Housing-Related Spending Makes Up 17.6 Percent of GDP

Growth in Housing Spending Lags Growth in GDP

Molly Boesel    |    Housing Trends

Numbers released today by the Bureau of Economic Analysis confirm that housing-related expenditures continue to make up a substantial portion of U.S. gross domestic product (GDP). To calculate the portion of domestic spending that is related to housing, we look at three expenditures from the quarterly GDP release: residential investment (the construction of new single- and multi-family...

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