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California October Home Sales Downshift

Sales Dip Month to Month; Inch up Year Over Year

Andrew LePage    |    Housing Trends

California Home Sales During October Each Year

After a strong summer, California home sales weakened a bit in October, the likely result of inventory and affordability constraints, mainly.

An estimated 39,191 new and existing houses and condominiums sold statewide in October 2015. That was down 4.1 percent from 40,879 sales in September 2015 and up 2.3 percent from 38,305 sales in October 2014, CoreLogic public records data...

APRA data shows that investment lending is starting to slow

Cameron Kusher    |    International

Earlier this week the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) released its September quarter data on property exposures by Australian Authorised Deposit-taking Institutions (ADIs). The quarterly data provides some very valuable insight into the domestic mortgage lending market. With this data comes a further sign that the recent lending changes from APRA are coming into effect and...

Cash Sales On Track to Reach Pre-Crisis Level by Mid-2017

Cash Sales Accounted for 32 Percent of All Home Sales in August 2015

Molly Boesel    |    Housing Trends

Cash sales share by sale type

Cash sales accounted for 31.7 percent of total home sales in August 2015, down from 34.9 percent in August 2014. On a month-over-month basis, the cash sales share increased by 0.8 percentage points in August 2015 compared with July 2015. The cash sales share typically increases month over month in August, but due to seasonality in the housing market, cash sales share comparisons should be...

Mortgage Risk Improves, but Watch for Red Flags

Legacy loans and home price volatility signaling “caution”

Sam Khater    |    Mortgage Performance

Bulk of New Foreclosures Starts are Legacy Loans

Mortgage risk performance is improving, but there’s still a ways to go. Two red flags in particular need to be watched by the industry: the major risk still posed by legacy loans, and higher home price correlations across various markets.

First the good news: Mortgage underwriting is relatively tight compared to the early 2000s, and serious delinquencies for recent...

Should Housing Policy Focus on Shelter or Ownership?

That’s the Question as First Time Buyers Hit 30-Year Low

Faith Schwartz    |    Housing Policy

Is it time for the federal government to widen its view of housing policy beyond its traditional emphasis on homeownership and perhaps embrace a broader concept of “shelter”?

Several recent datapoints could provide support for that argument. Earlier this month, for example, the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) reported that first-time...

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