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An Unexpected Windfall

Could Lower Energy Prices Stimulate Housing Demand?

Molly Boesel    |    Economic Trends

Energy prices are on the decline. Home heating oil prices for the first week of November 2014 were 40 cents below what they were the same week a year ago. In the past four weeks, the average price of gasoline has fallen by almost 30 cents to just over $3 per gallon 1. Average gas prices for the U.S. for the week of November 10 were the lowest they have been since the end of December 2010, reported at $3.03 per gallon. In addition to leaving consumers with extra spending money,...

Second Annual CoreLogic and Urban Institute Symposium

Data, Demand and Demographics

Stuart Quinn    |    Housing Policy, Housing Trends

Credit availability, mid-term elections, housing finance reform, housing stock mismatch, credit-risk sharing and multi-family housing stock were all prominent topics discussed at the second annual Data, Demographics and Demand: A Symposium on Housing Finance (Agenda) event co-hosted by CoreLogic and the Urban Institute. As the G.O.P. builds out their agenda, the finance...

Cash Sales Made Up 34 Percent of Total Home Sales in August 2014

Cash Sales Share is 12 Percent Below 2011 Peak Level

Molly Boesel    |    Housing Trends

Cash sales made up 33.8 percent of total home sales in August 2014, down from 36.4 percent in August 2013. The year-over-year share has fallen each month since January 2013. Month over month, the cash sales share ticked up by less than one percentage point, however, cash sales share comparisons should be made on a year-over-year basis due to the seasonal nature of the housing market. The month-over-month cash share has increased in August for 14 out of the past 15 years. Prior to the...

September 2014 Home Prices Increased 5.6 Percent Year Over Year

Growth in Low-Price Segment Outpaces Other Price Tiers

Molly Boesel    |    Housing Trends

Today, CoreLogic reported that September 2014 national home prices increased by 5.6 percent year over year, and fell by 0.1 percent month over month. This marks the 31st consecutive month of year-over-year increases in the CoreLogic Home Price Index (HPI) and the first monthly decrease since December 2013. Since the HPI is not seasonally adjusted, monthly decreases are expected as the housing market enters its seasonal low. Excluding...

More Or Less Natural Hazard Risk Than Average: It’s All About Location

Parcel-Level Hazard Risk Estimates Highlight Market Differences

Kathryn Dobbyn    |    Housing Trends, Mortgage Trends

We all intuitively know that location matters when it comes to real estate. For the U.S. housing market, emphasis on location has in the past been in terms of factors such as school districts, commuting times, mass transit and walkability. That being said, in 2013, severe weather caused more than $8 billion in property damage throughout the United States. This number is only expected to increase as natural disasters are expected to continue to increase in both frequency and intensity. This...

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