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Home Price Index Highlights: October 2016

National Home Prices Increased 6.7 Percent Year Over Year in October 2016

Molly Boesel    |    Property Valuation

  • Home prices forecast to rise 4.6 percent over the next year.
  • The highest appreciation was in the West, with Washington growing by double digits in October.
  • After adjusting for inflation, home prices are still 18.9 percent below their peak.

National home prices increased 6.7 percent year over year in October 2016, according to the latest...

Home Price Index Audio Clip: October 2016

National Home Prices Increased 6.7 Percent Year Over Year in October 2016

Molly Boesel    |    Property Valuation

  • Home prices forecast to rise 4.6 percent over the next year.
  • The highest appreciation was in the West, with Washington growing by double digits in October.
  • After adjusting for inflation, home prices are still 18.9 percent below their peak.
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Collateral Issues Are Third Most-Likely Cause of Mortgage Loan Denial

About 10-13 Percent of Appraisals are Below Pre-Closing Contract Price

Yanling Mayer    |    Housing Trends

Percentage of Appraisals

According to newly released 2015 Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) data, collateral was the third most-frequently cited reason for denials of mortgage loan applications, or 13.7 percent on first-lien purchase mortgages for one-to-four family, owner-occupied homes – trailing distantly behind denials citing applicant’s debt-to-income ratio (23.4 percent) or credit history (20.4...

Big Changes with a New Administration and a New Congress?

Getting to 60 may be the Core Question

Stuart Pratt    |    Housing Policy

Capitol

The incoming Trump Administration and Republican-controlled Congress have important housing policy questions to consider. And to paraphrase Donald Rumsfeld, what we have so early after the election is a case of the known knowns and known unknowns.

We know that President-elect Trump is working through appointments, but what isn’t known is who will be appointed (or approved)...

Earthquake Risk: Spotlight on the Pacific Northwest

The Triple Threat of the Cascadia Subduction Zone

Maiclaire Bolton    |    Natural Hazard Risk

3 types of earthquakes associated

It was a cold, dark, wintery night in 1700 when the ground shook violently for several minutes during one of the largest earthquakes the world has ever experienced. This massive magnitude 9.0 earthquake ruptured the full length of the Cascadia subduction zone – a 1,000-kilometer (600-mile) long off-shore fault paralleling the west coast of North America, extending from mid-Vancouver...

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