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Strong Dollar Discourages Many Foreign Homebuyers in the US

Frank Nothaft    |    Housing Trends

U.S. Dollar Has Appreciated Against Most Currencies

Home sales in the U.S. during the first four months of 2015 have been the best in eight years. Relative to the same period one year ago, sales jumped 9 percent, helped by a drop in fixed mortgage rates of almost one-half a percentage point. However, one group of homebuyers has backed off over the past year: foreign buyers.

The National Association of Realtors reports that the...

Distressed Sales Accounted for 11 Percent of Homes Sold Nationally in April 2015

Only Two States are Near ‘Normal’ Distressed Sales Share

Molly Boesel    |    Mortgage Performance

Distressed sales—real estate-owned (REO) and short sales—accounted for 11.1 percent of total home sales nationally in April 2015, down 3 percentage points from April 2014 and a 1.5 percentage point decrease from March 2015. Distressed sales shares typically decrease month over month in April due to seasonal factors, and this distressed sales share was the lowest for the month of...

Third Edition of Irrational Exuberance

Taking a Closer Look at Bond and Equity Values

Stuart Quinn    |    Housing Policy

In his Two Pillars of Asset Pricing speech, economist Eugene Fama said that most policy statements containing the term ‘bubble’ usually refer to "an irrational strong price increase that implies a predictable strong decline."1...

CoreLogic Chief Economist Perspective- July 2015

Rental Remains Robust

Frank Nothaft    |    Housing Trends, Videos

CoreLogic Chief Economist Perspective- July 2015

A vibrant rental market has been an outgrowth of the Great Recession and housing market crash. Apartment vacancy rates are down to their lowest levels since the 1980s, rental apartment construction is the most robust in more than 25 years, rents are up, and apartment building values are at or above their prior peaks. But the rental market is more than just apartments in...

May 2015 National Home Prices Increased 6.3 Percent Year Over Year

Low-End Home Price Growth Double that of High-End

Molly Boesel    |    Property Valuation

CoreLogic reported today that national home prices in May 2015 increased by 6.3 percent year over year and increased by 1.7 percent month over month. This marks 39 months of consecutive year-over-year increases in the CoreLogic Home Price Index (HPI®). Excluding distressed sales, home prices increased by 6.3 percent year over year from May 2014 and were up by 1.4 percent from April...

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