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Proposition 13 Property Tax Legislation Adds to Challenge in Estimating Future Property Tax Amounts

Underscores Need for Accurate Property Tax Estimating Algorithms

Dominique Lalisse    |    Housing Policy

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Estimating property tax amounts throughout the United States is a challenging task due to the complexity and differences in taxing agencies across the country. That challenge is even more complicated in areas in which legislation caps tax increases for existing residents.

In 1978, California amended its Constitution to add Proposition 13, officially named the People's Initiative to...

Distressed Sales Accounted for 11 Percent of Homes Sold Nationally in February 2016

Distressed Sales Shares Still Declining in Oil States

Molly Boesel    |    Mortgage Performance

Distressed Sales
  • Of total sales in February 2016, distressed sales accounted for 11.1 percent and real estate-owned (REO) sales accounted for 7.8 percent
  • The REO sales share was 21.3 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...

National Home Prices Increased Nearly 7 Percent Year Over Year in March 2016

Prices Have Risen Nearly 40 Percent From the 2011 Trough

Molly Boesel    |    Property Valuation

YOY HPI Growth for 25 Highest App States
  • Home prices including distressed sales increased 6.7 percent year over year in March 2016 and remained 5.3 percent below the April 2006 peak.
  • Washington had the largest year-over-year price growth of any state in March 2016.
  • Appreciation slowed in some oil markets such as in several Texas metro areas: Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land logged a 6.1 percent...

Is Flipping Coming Back? Part II

Not All States See an Uptick, But Florida Flipping Activity is Strong in Q1 2016

Bin He    |    Housing Trends

Top 20 CBSAs With the Highest Shares of Flipped Properties

In Part I of this blog we discussed flipping activity – investors buying homes, repairing them and selling them within a short period of time for a profit – at the national level1. Here we focus on flipping activity at the local metro...

Communicating About Flood Risk

Beyond the Special Flood Hazard Area

Scott Giberson    |    Natural Hazard Risk

In the conversation about flood risk and the benefits of flood insurance, one of the most commonly used statistics is that about 25 percent of the claims paid by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) are on policies covering properties outside of the Special Flood Hazard Area[1]. This statistic confirms that risk exists...

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