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

January 22, 2015

Rise of the West Home Value Forecast’s (HVF) December monthly ranking of single-family home markets across the U.S. explores how metro areas are progressing as we enter 2015. We also take a deeper dive at a metro in Florida versus one in California and find that even with economic similarities they are each recovering differently from the housing crisis. As a refresher for 2015, HVF’s ranking system is…

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December 23, 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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