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...]

Hottest 10 Real Estate Buyers Markets in 2009

The hottest buyers housing markets are places you may find comfort in the worst housing crash since at least the Great Depression. The top 10 buyers markets listed by Housing Predictor at mid-year are markets that aren't necessarily big arts and entertainment centers, mostly found in smaller communities. Amarillo, Texas takes the first position as the nation's top buyers market in 2009 with the highest likelihood of housing inflation over the … [Read more...]

Seismic Shift in U.S. Restrains Housing Market

By Kevin Chiu Consumer doubts over the banking system, political divisions in Washington, D.C., nagging high unemployment, a growth in the understanding among the U.S. population of political corruption and doubts about the economy are developing a seismic shift in the housing market. The shift has slowly been taking place for more than ten years, according to analysts, who warren that if Congressional and state policymakers don’t make … [Read more...]

Declining Foreclosures Bring Better Times

By Mike Colpitts Foreclosure activity declined 25% in the nation’s most populated state, California from one year ago in July, but the Golden State holds the distinction of having more foreclosures than any other. In fact the two highest foreclosure states, which are California and Arizona, are down in foreclosure filings. Nevada, which had been at the top of the list more than five years until earlier this year when the state imposed a new … [Read more...]

Formal Foreclosures Fall 21 Straight Months

By Mike Colpitts Formal foreclosures fell for the 21st straight month in July as repossessions on U.S. residential properties ran into additional snags. Lenders completed 53,654 foreclosures during the month, a 1% fall from June and a 21% drop from a year ago, according to RealtyTrac. Bank owned REO activity also fell on an annualized basis in 38 states and the District of Columbia. Some of the biggest drops in foreclosed property sales … [Read more...]

Double Digit Appreciation Threatens Recovery

By Mike Colpitts Double digit housing appreciation being experienced in some of what were the hardest hit U.S. housing markets threatens to de-stabilize prices, add to consumer doubts about the economy and threatens the housing recovery, according to an analysis of cities that have experienced wild appreciation over the past few months. Higher home values are being driven in many of the hardest hit cities by record low mortgage rates, and … [Read more...]

Home Price Appreciation Jumps 2.5% for Year

By Mike Colpitts For the fourth straight month home values have increased in appreciation across the U.S., according to real estate research firm CoreLogic. Prices increased 2.5% in June compared to a year ago in the 100 largest metro areas the company tracks. On a month-over-month basis, including foreclosure and short sales, home price appreciation rose 1.3% in June compared to May 2012. The company’s forward looking Home Price Index shows … [Read more...]

Higher Home Values Forecast in 85 Cities

As the recovery of the U.S. housing market gains traction, higher home values are forecast to develop by the end of 2012 in 85 cities, according to Housing Predictor analysts. The upturn in home prices is especially evident in many of the hardest hit states. The growing trend of home price inflation is developing strongly in Nevada, Arizona, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and greater portions of the Mid-West. Improving communities include five of … [Read more...]

Higher Prices May Produce Trouble Bubble

By Ryan Jackson Higher home prices being paid in some U.S. cities could lead to troublesome isolated bubbles, according to new research. Strong demand for homes in three of the nation’s hardest hit states are pushing up housing prices more quickly than might be sustainable. Driven by record low mortgage rates, sales are improving at a brisk pace in California, Arizona and Nevada, the monthly Campbell Housing Pulse Tracking survey … [Read more...]

Midwest Home Sales Outperform

By Mike Colpitts The Midwest section of the U.S. is outperforming the rest of the nation when it comes to home sales as the country's heartland recovers from the real estate downturn at a healthier pace than any other region. The slow progress most areas of the country are making in the dog days of summer in the housing recovery is disappointing for many homeowners. But in Indiana, Nebraska and Iowa many housing markets are improving at … [Read more...]