Nearly Half of Homes in Top Markets are Losing Value | South Salem Real Estate


Despite market reports of strong median home price appreciation this spring, gains are very uneven and nearly half of homes in ten of the nation’s largest markets actually lost value in May. On a house-by-house basis, about one-third fewer homes in the largest markets gained value during the heart of the spring buying season this year compared to last, according to Weiss Residential Research’s Indexes.

Only 54 percent of homes in the markets appreciated during May compared to 81 percent in May 2014, a sign that the downward trend may continue in the coming months.  In Denver, the hottest market in the nation, 84 percent of houses appreciated in May compared to 95 percent last year.  In the Washington, DC market, weakest of the top ten, only 34 percent of houses gained value in May compared to 57 percent in May 2014.

“Don’t be fooled by averages,” said Allan Weiss, founder and CEO of Weiss Residential Research.  ‘All of the largest metro indexes are rising more slowly than they were a year ago though market reports give the impression that values are rising across the board.  However people don’t own the entire market, they own one house.”

Larger homes are having a harder time than smaller homes with two bedrooms or less.  In Denver, larger homes appreciated 5.8 percent on a year over year basis in May compared to smaller homes.  In Washington, DC, larger homes actually fell -0.7 percent.  Smaller homes declined less, -0.2 percent year over year.

 

Nearly Half of Homes in Top Markets are Losing Value | South Salem Real Estate | Bedford New York Real Estate | Bedford NY Homes by Robert Paul.

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Sellers are Pocketing their Biggest Profits since the Peak | Waccabuc Real Estate


Single family home and condo sellers in the first half of 2015 sold for more above their purchase price in the first half of this year than any time since prices were at the peak of the boom.

Homes sold for an average of 13 percent above their original purchase prices, the highest average percentage in home price gains realized by sellers since 2007, when it was 30 percent, according to RealtyTrac.

Major markets where sellers in the first half of 2015 realized the biggest average home price gains were San Jose, California (41 percent); San Francisco (37 percent); Denver (29 percent); Portland (25 percent); Los Angeles (25 percent); and Seattle (20 percent).

“Sales activity has been strong this year and the metrics point to a solid foundation for steady growth. Growing boomerang buyer interest and first time buyer participation combined with smarter lending requirements are fostering a sustainable market,” said Mark Hughes, chief operating officer with First Team Real Estate, covering the Southern California market. “Lower investor, cash, and distressed activity are three reliable indicators that peripheral buying and selling activity is settling back down and the traditional owner occupied residential market is back on solid ground and healthy.”

There were six major markets where sellers in the first half of 2015 on average sold below their original purchase price: Chicago (7 percent below); Cleveland (7 percent below); Hartford, Connecticut (3 percent below); Jacksonville, Florida (2 percent below); St. Louis (1 percent below); and Orlando (1 percent below).

Zillow and Case-Shiller both reported strong appreciation in their first quarter reports, Zillow at 5.2 percent year over year for its 20-city composite and Case-Shiller at 5.0 percent.

 

Sellers are Pocketing their Biggest Profits since the Peak | Waccabuc Real Estate | Bedford New York Real Estate | Bedford NY Homes by Robert Paul.

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Home Prices are now only 6.5 Percent below Peak | Cross River Real Estate


In terms of national averages, the recovery has raised prices within a hair of their highest peaks reached during the boom nearly ten years ago, but on a market-by-market basis, median prices in fewer than half of the nation’s larger markets have fully rebounded from the housing crash.

At $251,000, US home prices are now just 6.5 percent off June 2006 peak of $268,000, and up over 25 percent from the market”s bottom, according to May data released today by Black Knight Financial Services.  Black Knight reported that its HPI index rose 1.1 percent in May over April and 5.1 percent over May 2014.

However, on a market-by-market basis, only 47 percent of the nation’s top 300 markets have met or exceeded their peaks in 2007. Homes.com, which tracks price rebounds by market, reported that in May 139 of the nation’s 300 largest markets had achieved full price recovery.

Homes.com reported that:

  • Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX (115.17% rebound percentage), Austin-Round Rock, TX (113.15%), and Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO (113.04%) led the nation’s top 100 markets  in rebound percentage in May.  In fact, nine of the top ten leading rebound markets were in the West.
  • Three of the nation’s beste online casino largest markets had at least a 7% increase yearly while seven markets had an annual percentage increase of at least 6%. Five markets are from California which is the most from a single state.

 

Home Prices are now only 6.5 Percent below Peak | Cross River Real Estate | Bedford New York Real Estate | Bedford NY Homes by Robert Paul.

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Smart Watering Tips for Every Gardener | Armonk Real Estate


Tired of watering all the time, while praying for rain and smaller water bills? If your garden is planned, prepared, planted and watered properly, you can have a beautiful yard and save thousands in the long run. Here’s how to get the most from your water this summer.

Start from the ground up

Plan your preemptive strike against drought. Get to know your yard, and note which areas tend to dry out quickly or develop puddles after it rains. Places that are especially prone to drying out include the soil under large and thirsty trees, or under the eaves of your roof.

Your soil type plays a big part in how often you’ll need to water. Loose, sandy soil holds very little moisture, so much of the water you dump on it slips away and goes to waste.

Treat runoff as if it’s money — don’t let it slip through your fingers.

Treat runoff as if it’s money — don’t let it slip through your fingers.

The soil you’re after is the rich, dark crumbly stuff called loam. Adding topsoil (good), composted manure (better) or compost (best) to your soil makes it loamy and performs some pretty amazing feats. It encourages beneficial organisms, improves the soil structure and texture, aerates the soil and helps it retain moisture.

If your garden is too big to amend with better dirt, consider growing vegetables in a raised bed, where you can easily focus your watering efforts and amend the soil without breaking the bank.

 

Smart Watering Tips for Every Gardener | Armonk Real Estate | Bedford New York Real Estate | Bedford NY Homes by Robert Paul.

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Underwater borrowers increased for two straight quarters | North Salem Real Estate


Home prices are still rising, and the economy is improving, but the ills of the housing crash are far from cured: 7.4 million borrowers were still “seriously” underwater on their mortgages at the end of June, according to RealtyTrac.

The real estate information company defines that as the loan amount being at least 25 percent higher than the property’s estimated market value.

Over 13 percent of all properties with a mortgage are in this predicament, and that is actually a slight increase from the first quarter of this year.

House underwater

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How can this be when home prices are still rising? It depends on how you read those prices. The National Association of Realtors reported that the median price of a home sold in June reached its highest level in history. The median, however, means half the homes sold for more and half sold for less, so if higher-priced homes are selling more, which they are, that skews the median higher. S&P/Case Shiller, which measures repeat sales of similarly priced homes, shows price gains have been shrinking in general but are still higher than a year ago.

Still, another report from Weiss Residential Research digs deeper in local areas and finds that nearly half the homes in the nation’s top markets are actually losing value.

“Don’t be fooled by averages,” said Allan Weiss, founder and CEO of Weiss Residential Research. “All of the largest metro indexes are rising more slowly than they were a year ago though market reports give the impression that values are rising across the board. However, people don’t own the entire market, they own one house.”

 

Underwater borrowers increased for two straight quarters | North Salem Real Estate | Bedford New York Real Estate | Bedford NY Homes by Robert Paul.

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US housing market is on fire | South Salem Real Estate


We just got another sign the housing market is on fire.

On Wednesday, we learned that existing home sales jumped to the fastest pace since February 2007.

Sales rose 3.2% month-over-month to an annualized pace of 5.49 million.

Economists had forecast a rise of 0.9% to an annualized pace of 5.40 million.

In the release from the National Association of Realtors, Lawrence Yun noted that the past two months were the strongest for sales since early 2007.

“This wave of demand is being fueled by a year-plus of steady job growth and an improving economy that’s giving more households the financial wherewithal and incentive to buy,” Yun said.

Ian Shepherdson, chief US economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics, said in a note out after the report, “In one line: strong across the board.”

But this isn’t the first sign the housing market is roaring back. On Friday we got housing data that posted eight-year highs from the Census Bureau, showing that housing starts rose 9.8% to an annualized pace of 1.174 million, the highest since July 2007.

Building permits, which point to the pace of future construction, rose 7.4% to an annualized pace of 1.343 million.

 

US housing market is on fire | South Salem Real Estate | Bedford New York Real Estate | Bedford NY Homes by Robert Paul Realtor.

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Mortgage Rates at 4.04% survey says | Armonk Real Estate


Freddie Mac  today released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing fixed mortgage rates reversing course once again and moving lower amid mixed economic and housing data.

News Facts

  • 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 4.04 percent with an average 0.6 point for the week ending July 23, 2015, down from last week when it averaged 4.09 percent. A year ago at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 4.13 percent.
  • 15-year FRM this week averaged 3.21 percent with an average 0.6 point, down from last week when it averaged 3.25 percent. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 3.26 percent.

 

Mortgage Rates at 4.04% survey says | Armonk Real Estate | Bedford New York Real Estate | Bedford NY Homes by Robert Paul Realtor.

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