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...]

Weak U.S. Dollar Gives Foreign Buyers Edge

By Robert Jones With real estate prices in most U.S. cities heading south, many would-be sellers are looking south for their salvation. They're also looking north, east, and west – any place, where there might be buyers with wads of currency that isn't colored green. The weak dollar may be emboldening foreigners to buy in this country, despite the bad real estate news that has found its way into every international news source. Foreign … [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...]

2012 Nevada Housing Market

A drop-off in the number of homes being foreclosed due to a new state law, and an increase in bank assisted short sales is driving a rise in home prices for Nevada cities though the end of the year. The turn around is a stark contrast to the deteriorating conditions in the state’s housing markets the last six years. Home values are forecast to finish 2012 with housing inflation in Las Vegas, despite a bulging supply of homes still in the … [Read more...]

States Rip Off Foreclosure Victims

By Mike Colpitts Almost $1-billion targeted to victims of banking foreclosure fraud is being ripped off from foreclosure victims to be used to pay for other programs for states facing serious financial deficits. The nation’s largest five banks agreed to pay a $25 billion settlement as part of their agreement to settle allegations of illegal forgeries and other frauds in the robo-signing scandal. However, only $2.5 billion is dedicated to … [Read more...]

Mortgage Delinquencies Drop Two Straight Months

By Mike Colpitts Mortgage delinquencies fell for the second consecutive month in July and are down 11% for the last year, signaling a major improvement for the U.S. housing market, according to Lender Processing Services. Loans that are 30 days or more past due made up just 7.03% of home mortgages. The decline in late payments is positive news for the market beleaguered by the foreclosure crisis, with more than 2-million homes in 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...]

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...]