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March 2015 National Home Prices Increased 5.9 Percent from a Year Ago

Low-End Home Prices Nearing 2006 Peak Level

Molly Boesel    |    Property Valuation

CoreLogic reported today that March 2015 national home prices increased by 5.9 percent year over year and increased by 2 percent month over month. This marks 37 months of consecutive year-over-year increases in the CoreLogic Home Price Index (HPI). Excluding distressed sales, home prices increased by 6.1 percent year over year from March 2014 and were up by 2 percent from February 2015....

Locating Home Price Risk with the CoreLogic Home Price Index Forecasts Stress-Testing Scenarios

David Stiff    |    Mortgage Performance, Property Valuation

Bank and bank holding company stress tests rigorously assess financial institutions’ capital adequacy, including the development and maintenance of effective loss-estimation methodologies. This is mandated by the Federal Reserve’s Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review (CCAR) and the Dodd-Frank Act. Home Price Index (HPI) supervisory scenarios are specified for the entire...

Far From Normal

Very Few Metro Areas Have REO Shares Close to Pre-Crisis Levels

Molly Boesel    |    Mortgage Performance

During the worst point of distress the housing crisis in 2009, real estate-owned (REO) sales made up 28 percent of total homes sold nationally. In some metropolitan areas, the REO share peaked at around 70 percent. As the housing market continues to heal, are we now able to say that REO sales are trending back to a more normal level? As of February 2015, the national REO sales share was 10...

February Distressed Sales Shares Resemble 2008 Levels

REO and Short Sales Accounted for 14 Percent of Homes Sold Nationally

Molly Boesel    |    Mortgage Performance

Distressed sales—real estate-owned (REO) and short sales—accounted for 13.5 percent of total home sales nationally in February 2015, a 3 percentage point drop from February 2014 and a 0.8 percentage point decrease from January 2015. Distressed sales shares typically decrease month over month in February due to seasonal factors. The February 2015 distressed sales share was the...

Wildfire in 2015: Can Prior Years Tell Us What to Expect?

Tom Jeffery    |    Natural Hazard Risk

The past two years did not result in the amount of wildfire activity that many wildfire scientists, foresters and fire responders had expected. Looking back, the 2013 season had all the earmarks of a bad year, with the continued U.S. drought and related accumulation of dry fuels. The 2014 season saw an enhancement of the drought in many areas and even more trepidation about the potential for...

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