Providing insights into the current U.S. housing market and commentary on future trends.

July 16, 2014

Supply and demand dynamics are the cornerstone of the U.S. real estate market.  Supply and demand shape our markets and are influenced by many factors including employment, mortgage rates, housing costs and consumer confidence. Over the past five years, we’ve felt the effects of other influences as well.  The lingering aftershocks of the financial crisis, historic foreclosure numbers, regulatory expansion, tight credit and paralysis in the secondary market…

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June 19, 2014

Houston made our list of top ten metros this month, and for good reason.  Houston as a whole never went through a serious correction like the rest of the country; rather it experienced a slight dip, followed by gradual price appreciation. Houston’s prominence in the energy sector helped lessen the impact of the housing crisis.  As crude oil prices began to rise in 2010, Houston’s employment (thus housing…

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May 15, 2014

As 2013 fades further in our review mirrors, the nation continues to experience an improved housing market.  In 2014, median home prices have risen in many markets and the number of underwater homeowners has declined. But there are still stark differences in local markets across the country. As we drill down from a macro to a micro level, there is an evident mix of “hot” and “cool” real…

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April 14, 2014

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said recently that the U.S. economy will need Fed stimulus, including low interest rates, for the foreseeable future.  Yellen’s statements alleviated fears that interest rates would begin to rise in mid-2015. “This extraordinary commitment is still needed and will be for some time, and I believe that view is widely shared by my fellow policy makers,” Yellen said Monday, March 31st at a…

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February 4, 2014

3-17-14: Due to a sourced (third party) data error, foreclosure numbers for some Florida and Colorado CBSAs were inflated in our original story.  This error has been researched and corrected by the data provider.  The story now includes the updated foreclosure numbers.  According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Nassau and Suffolk counties have the 10th and 26th highest median household incomes in the nation.  Nassau County is also…

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