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The Accuracy of Comparable-Property Data in an Appraisal Report

Appraisal-report comp prices from an MLS generally match public-record sales prices

Yanling Mayer    |    Housing Trends

Accuracy of Reported Comparable Prices

One of the many challenges when underwriting a loan is to make sure the appraisal provides a reliable assessment of the collateral’s value. Fortunately, to meet the challenge and to stay compliant in a demanding regulatory environment, appraisal reviewers and underwriters have increasingly incorporated automated appraisal review technology for faster and more cost-effective collateral...

Cash and Distressed Sales Update: December 2016

The Cash Sales Share for 2016 Was 32.1 Percent, the Lowest Full-Year Cash Sales Share Since 2007

Molly Boesel    |    Housing Trends

Cash Sales Share by Sale Type
  • The full-year cash sales share for 2016 was 32.1 percent
  • The cash sales share in December 2016 was 33.1 percent
  • The full-year distressed sales share for 2016 was 8.9 percent

Cash sales accounted for 33.1 percent of total home sales in December 2016, down 1.3 percentage points year over year from December 2015. For the full-year 2016, the cash sales...

The State of House Flipping in 2016 – Part II

Texas and Florida Flipping Activities Were Strong in 2016

Bin He    |    Housing Trends

Top 20 CBSAs

In Part I of this blog we discussed flipping activity in 2016 – investors buying homes, repairing and selling them within a short period of time for a profit – at the national level. Here we focus on flipping activity at the local metro level for 2016. A flipped property is defined as a property that is bought and sold within twelve months.

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The State of House Flipping in 2016 – Part I

At the National Level, Flipping Activity is the Second Lowest Since 2012

Bin He    |    Housing Trends

Flipping is the term used when an investor purchases a property, renovates and repairs it, and then re-sells it within a short period of time for a profit. In a blog series I published a while back, Is Flipping Coming Back? Part I and...

Cash and Distressed Sales Update: November 2016

The Cash Sales Share Was 32.4 Percent in November 2016 and 14 Percentage Points Below Its Peak Level

Molly Boesel    |    Housing Trends

cash sales share by sale type
  • The cash sales share was 32.4 percent in November 2016
  • The cash sales share was 14.2 percentage points below the peak level reached in January 2011
  • The distressed sales share fell 4.3 percentage points year over year from November 2015

Cash sales accounted for 32.4 percent of total home sales in November 2016, down 4.5 percentage points year...

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