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

December 19, 2014

This month’s Home Value Forecast looks back at trends over the past twelve months in a number of residential real estate categories that best predict a recovering housing market.  We will list the top three CBSAs in Current Sales Price, Twelve Month Active List Price Appreciation, Current Months of Remaining Inventory and Twelve Month Sales Price Appreciation.  We will also look back at our “Top Threes” from last…

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November 20, 2014

The flood of foreclosures that swept over the nation’s housing markets from 2009 to 2012 marked the greatest number of defaults since the Great Depression.  More than 5 million families lost their homes to foreclosure by the end of 2013, most of them in four “sand” states: Arizona, California, Florida and Nevada. While many feel that the effects of the foreclosure crisis are behind us, the phenomenon may…

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October 22, 2014

A recurring theme that we are seeing in many housing markets is the link between income and home price appreciation. This month, the Home Value Forecast monthly update takes a deeper dive into Washington State and the Seattle metro area in particular, where much of the market is experiencing positive home price appreciation.  Seattle shows us how income and access to credit drives home values and why across…

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September 18, 2014

In this month’s Home Value Forecast, we examine how knowledge-based populations in affordable housing markets are driving economic growth and housing values. To help us examine this issue, we refer to a fascinating report published late last month from the Center for Population Dynamics at Cleveland State University, authored by Richey Piiparinen, Charlie Post, and Jim Russell. The complete document “Ranking America’s Top Young Adult Labor Forces: A…

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August 20, 2014

From clothing and music to food and social norms, many of the trends that sweep across the U.S. originate on the West Coast. In today’s real estate market, we see many trends and the swapping of trends.  This month, many of our West Coast CBSAs are showing up towards the top of our market ranking while the East Coast is showing up towards the bottom. Looking back, we…

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