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Home Price Index Audio Clip: August 2016

National Home Prices Increased 6.2 Percent Year Over Year in August 2016

Molly Boesel    |    Audio

The August 2016 Home Price Index shows that National home prices appreciated 6.2 percent from a year ago and are now just 5.6 percent below the April 2006 peak. Prices are forecasted to increase by 5.3 percent over the next year, indicating that prices will be back to their peak level in 2017. As has been the case for all of this year, prices in Oregon, Washington, and...

Earthquake Risk: Spotlight on the U.S.

Location Matters: A Cross-Country View

Maiclaire Bolton    |    Natural Hazard Risk

From businesses and corporations to the average person on the street, most people don’t think of natural hazard risk on a daily basis. Recently, major catastrophic floods and wildfires have made headlines, and the Midwest fears and plans for tornado season every year, while the East Coast prepares for hurricane season each summer. But what about earthquakes? Any time there’s a...

Distressed Sales Update: June 2016

Distressed Sales Accounted for 8 Percent of Homes Sold Nationally in June 2016

Molly Boesel    |    Housing Trends

  • Of total sales in June 2016, distressed sales accounted for 7.8 percent and real estate-owned (REO) sales accounted for 4.9 percent
  • The REO sales share was 23 percentage points below its peak of 27.9 percent in January 2009
  • Distressed sales shares fell in most states, including the oil markets

Distressed sales, which include REO and short...

Cash Sales Update: June 2016

Cash Sales Share Below 30 Percent is First Since 2007

Molly Boesel    |    Housing Trends

Cash sales accounted for 29.3 percent of total home sales in June 2016, down 2.5 percentage points year over year from June 2015. On a month-over-month basis, the cash sales share fell by 0.9 percentage points in June 2016 compared with May 2016. The cash sales share peaked in January 2011 when cash transactions accounted for 46.6 percent of total home sales nationally. June 2016 marks the...

U.S. Housing Policy Update: September 2016

New Federal Stances on PACE Financing

Terry Theologides    |    Housing Policy, Videos


 

The debate around Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs is heating up with the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) announcement permitting FHA-insured mortgages on some PACE-assessed properties.

From 2008 to 2010 PACE was all the rage. Over twenty...

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