Foreclosures Rise 18%

The epidemic of foreclosures is rising, according to newly released figures from RealtyTrac, despite a slight slowdown in activity during the month of May. Year over year foreclosures rose 18%. Foreclosure filings, including default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions were reported on 321,480 properties during the month, a decrease of 6% from April. The drop apparently developed as a result of moratoriums on foreclosures by the … [Read more...]

2013 Michigan Housing Market

The Great Recession hit Michigan harder than many other states, resulting in massive employee layoffs and the closure of several major auto manufacturing plants. However, the state’s biggest city, Detroit, also known as Motor City, appears to be poised for a remarkable comeback. For one thing, Chinese real estate investors are focusing on the city’s bargain-priced residential properties. According to the Global Times (“Chinese real estate … [Read more...]

Top Housing Market Winners in 2009

You might look at the list of the annual Top Housing Market Winners in 2009 and think twice about some of the winners. But then again it's been an extremely challenging year in real estate. Home sales in the Top 10 markets got a great improvement towards the latter half of the year with help from lower housing prices, extremely low mortgage rates and the federal government's first time buyers' tax credit. Sales volume data is compiled from the … [Read more...]

National Real Estate Prices Forecast to Deflate Further

Scrambling to find a bottom, the U.S. real estate market is falling further and further in most areas of the country. Home prices nationally will deflate an average of more than 8% in 2008, according to the Housing Predictor forecast. The real estate crisis, triggered by an over supply of new creative financing programs and a record level of mortgage fraud is deflating at the fastest clip since at least the Great Depression in an over-whelming … [Read more...]

Worst Housing Markets in 2009

The downward spiral in housing markets is showing signs of improving in many areas of the country as home sales rise, but there's no shortage of double-digit losers in the Worst 25 Housing Markets selected by Housing Predictor in 2009. Without more government assistance don't expect much more improvement. Detroit, Michigan takes the #1 position with the worst forecast deflation in 2009. Hundreds of thousands of job layoffs are hurting condo … [Read more...]

Home Sales & Prices Jump

By Mike Colpitts Sales of existing homes and national median prices jumped in July to reach a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.47 million housing units after declining in June, according to the National Association of Realtors. Record low mortgage rates, which bottomed out in July and lower housing prices coupled with pent up demand drove the jump in summer buying activity. Home sales grew 2.3% for the month, and are 10.4% above last … [Read more...]

Home Prices Rise 3 Straight Months

By Mike Colpitts Home prices rose for the third straight month in May across the U.S., according to real estate analytics company CoreLogic. On a year over year basis the firm said average prices rose 2.0%, and also increased 1.8% compared to a month earlier. The firm’s Housing Price Index, which tracks 100 of the nation’s top urban markets, including distress sales, which are foreclosures and short sales, indicates that house prices “will … [Read more...]

Hardest Hit States Foreclosures Slow

By Ryan Jackson Three of hardest hit states in the U.S. housing downturn have seen foreclosures drop by more than 25% providing a major sign of improvement for the nation's housing market. Formal foreclosures in Nevada, Arizona and Michigan have been reduced at the highest level since the housing crisis started more than five years ago. Nevada experienced a 66% drop in foreclosures in the last year, according to RealtyTrac figures. The drop … [Read more...]

Former Homeowners Not Applying for Aid

By Mike Colpitts More than 4-million former homeowners whose homes may have been foreclosed illegally by the nation’s largest banks have received letters from the U.S. government asking them if they would like their foreclosures to be reviewed. But so disillusioned by the banking industry and their own situations, the over-whelming majority have failed to reply for aid. Only about 165,000 have so far. The low response rate, representing … [Read more...]

Shadow Inventory Declines, But Still Looms

By Mike Colpitts The shadow inventory or the number of homes that lurk uncounted by banks and other mortgage lenders in the abyss of the troubled housing market is shrinking as banks offer more troubled homeowners, including landlords short sales for the first time since the U.S. housing crisis started. Estimates of the shadow inventory, the number of homes that are likely to end up in foreclosure, range from about 1.6 million by CoreLogic … [Read more...]