Olympics Trigger Huge Boom, But Little in Home Values

By Ryan Jackson Six cities that hosted the Olympics in the last quarter century have experienced huge construction booms with new projects needed to house the games, but the majority found little appreciation in home values or other property inflation following the games. In fact, three of six Olympic cities, including Los Angeles and Atlanta experienced negative impacts on home values following the Olympics. Calgary also saw its housing … [Read more...]

Foreclosures Jump Resumes After Robo-Signing Slowdown

By Mike Colpitts Foreclosure starts rose for the first time in more than two years in May, signaling a resumption of formal bank repossessions of homes with mortgages in default after months of slower foreclosures. Initial filings were lodged against 205,990 U.S. residential properties, according to RealtyTrac. The increase accounted for a 9% hike in bank filings for the month after lenders resumed preparations to take back properties … [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...]

Recovery Pushes Foreclosures Lower 3 Months

By Mike Colpitts In a sign the U.S. housing market is on the road to recovery, foreclosures dropped for the third month in a row in April, despite a traceable increase in repossessions along the eastern U.S. coast. Initial notices of default were filed against 188,780 residential properties, the lowest since July 2007. Final bank repossessions (REOs) dropped for the third straight month in April, down 7% from March. Lenders completed … [Read more...]

Housing Index Shows Upward Trend

By Mike Colpitts Home prices declined an average of less than one-percent in the U.S. on a year to year basis through the end of March, according to a heavily watched housing price index indicating an upward trend for the marketplace. The CoreLogic index showed that prices were down 0.6% from one year ago, including distressed properties, which are foreclosures and bank assisted short sales. The index monitors 100 of the nation’s largest … [Read more...]

Pest Problems Bug Homeowners Early

By Ryan Jackson An over-whelming majority of homeowners are experiencing pest problems as a result of warmer weather in much of the U.S., according to a new study. Nearly half had problems with ants, while other bugs, including spiders and flies were most common. The study was conducted by Home Team Pest Defense, the third largest pest company in the U.S. Researchers found that 84% of those surveyed reported pest problems in the last 12 … [Read more...]

More Than Half of Homeowners Can’t Move

More than half of all homeowners with a mortgage are unable to move or make a change in their housing situation as a direct result of being underwater on a mortgage, according to a new Housing Predictor survey. Some 54% of those surveyed online said they were halted from making a move. The other 46% said they were not stopped from making a change in their living situation. The finding comes more than five years after the worst real estate … [Read more...]

More Than Half of Homeowners Can’t Move

More than half of all homeowners with a mortgage are unable to move or make a change in their housing situation as a direct result of being underwater on a mortgage, according to a new Housing Predictor survey. Some 54% of those surveyed online said they were halted from making a move. The other 46% said they were not stopped from making a change in their living situation. The finding comes more than five years after the worst real estate … [Read more...]

Florida Capital Named Baby Boomers Favorite

The capital of Florida has been named the favorite U.S. city for baby boomers to retire by a Washington based economics research group.  Tallahassee, Florida won out over 20 other cities considered for the prestigious award as the ideal place to retire. The southern city was selected after researchers considered a combination of factors, including climate, cost of living, available health care and other priorities. The Washington Economics … [Read more...]

Florida Capital Named Baby Boomers Favorite

The capital of Florida has been named the favorite U.S. city for baby boomers to retire by a Washington based economics research group. Tallahassee, Florida won out over 20 other cities considered for the prestigious award as the ideal place to retire. The southern city was selected after researchers considered a combination of factors, including climate, cost of living, available health care and other priorities. The Washington Economics … [Read more...]