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

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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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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