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Home Price Index Audio Clip: May 2016

National Home Prices Increased 5.9 Percent Year Over Year in May 2016

Molly Boesel    |    Audio

HPI Audio

The May 2016 Home Price Index shows that national home prices increased 5.9 percent from a year ago, leaving prices 7.2 percent below their 2006 peak. The western states dominated price gains in May with Oregon and Washington showing double digit increases and Colorado, Nevada, and Utah, rounding out the top five states with increases. Prices are expected to increase by 5.4...

U.S. Economic Outlook: July 2016

Home Mortgage Lending Outlook: Large Annual Swings May Be Less Likely - Purchase Volume More Steady Year to Year Than Refinance

Frank Nothaft    |    Videos

Dr. Nothaft Video Blog

For most of the last 25 years, large annual swings in home mortgage originations have been common, driven by a refinance boom-and-bust cycle. And while refinance will continue to be an important segment of the market, home purchase is expected to dominate the lending landscape in the coming years. What this means for the lending industry is that mortgage volumes will likely...

Google Searches Shed Light on Rental Prices – Part II

Nationally and at the Metro Level, Google Searches Correlate with Rental Prices

Bin He    |    Housing Trends

In Part I of this blog we discussed how Google Trends1 can provide insights into rental prices at the national level. Here we focus on the correlation between Google Trends and real rental prices for a few large metros. As with the...

Comparing Mortgage Credit Variables by Applicant Age

Millennials have the lowest credit scores, and highest LTV and DTI Ratios

Archana Pradhan    |    Mortgage Performance

Avg Credit Score, LTV and DTI Ratio by Generation

Often, young households have less credit history (and sometimes no credit history), limited savings, and lower levels of income because they are just beginning their working careers. In contrast, households near or in retirement generally have an extensive credit history, more savings, but may have a limited fixed income if already in retirement.

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Cash Sales Share Fell Sharply in March

Cash Sales Accounted for 33 Percent of All Home Sales

Molly Boesel    |    Housing Trends

Cash Sales Share by Sale Type

Cash sales accounted for 33 percent of total home sales in March 2016, down 2.4 percentage points year over year from March 2015. On a month-over-month basis, the cash sales share fell by 2.8 percentage points in March 2016 compared with February 2016. For the first three months of 2016, the cash sales share averaged 34.7 percent, the lowest start to any year since 2008. The cash sales share...

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