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Comp Prices Often Exceed Subject Property Prices in Appraisals

Price Adjustment on Higher-Valued Comps Are Frequently Small and Downwardly Rigid

Yanling Mayer    |    Housing Trends

Price Distribution of Comp Transactions

A previous blog reported that appraisals are often identical to or exceed the contract price. In it, the analysis showed that nine out of 10 appraisals were either at the contract...

California Million-Dollar Home Sales Climb to a Q1 Peak as Stocks Soar

Luxury Sales Hit Highs While Sub-$500,000 Deals Dip to a 9-Year Low

Andrew LePage    |    Housing Trends

CA $2M + Home Sales Hits Q1 Record

As many Californians struggled to gain a foothold in homeownership early this year, a surging stock market and other forces lifted sales of $1 million-plus homes to the highest level ever for a first quarter.  

The number of California homes that sold for $1 million or more totaled 10,562 during the January-through-March period, up 11.7 percent year over year and the highest on...

New Reports Explore Homeownership Rate, Population and Young Adults

Three New Census Reports Give Insights on Housing Market Trends

Molly Boesel    |    Housing Trends

The U.S. Census released a treasure trove of data in April, including population by age, homeownership rates, and a report on the changing demographics of young adults. Taken together, these three reports give us insight into current and future housing market trends.

The Census release on 2016 population...

Housing Supply Update: Hard to Keep Up with the Demand

National Supply of Homes for Sale Has Fallen to Early 2000s Level

Shu Chen    |    Housing Trends

National Months of Supply for the Month of December

December is the holiday season for many people who take time off from work, travel and spend time with family. For many business, it’s the slow time of the year. However, with interest rates rising, home buyers this past December were in a hurry to lock in a mortgage rate. The housing market became so tight in December 2016 that the months of supply fell to 4.1 months, the lowest for a...

Cash and Distressed Sales Update: January 2017

The Cash Sales Share for January Was 37 Percent

Molly Boesel    |    Housing Trends

  • The cash sales share for January 2017 was 36.5 percent, unchanged from a year ago
  • The distressed sales share for January 2017 was 7 percent, down 4.6 percentage points from  January 2016
  • Only two states and the District of Columbia have distressed sales shares close to their pre-crisis levels

Cash sales accounted...

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