San Francisco Housing Market Pushing Out Locals

It’s long been a complaint about natives to the Silicon Valley area that the influx of new wealth and professionals from outside the region has made the cost of living much steeper. With greater housing demand comes tighter real estate prices, and we’ve seen a trend to higher property values persist throughout the past decade. [...]

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Higher Interest Is Good for Housing Market

With interest rates suppressed at record lows for so long, there was a lot of apprehension around exactly what would occur when they were lifted. Analysts and commentators tended to point at low interest rates as one of the major motivators for a rise in home sales. Young buyers who were cautious about loan management [...]

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Housing Market Undergoing A Slowdown

As I noted in a prior post, there have been indications that the housing sector is maneuvering towards a market that’s more favorable to homebuyers, a strong contrast to early 2013′s price-escalating seller’s market. With market statistics from Q3 2013 more thoroughly analyzed, two major trends seem to be emerging. In my latest post for [...]

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Is There A Buyer’s Market on the Horizon?

Since the housing market started to turn the corner, conditions have become more and more favorable for home sellers. Property values have risen in tandem with buyer demand, and those who held strong onto less promising real estate holdings have been able to unload their holdings at a substantial gain. Granting that there were concerns [...]

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Foreclosure Stalls Could Trouble Property Market

With the housing recovery continuing relatively unimpeded in Q3, most signs point to the American property sector staying strong through the close of the year. However, with purchase demand persisting, certain problems with foreclosure properties have recently come to light. As I noted in my latest post for the Bigger Pockets Real Estate News Blog, [...]

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Hong Kong Creates Major Real Estate Firm in U.S.

As I noted in this Monday’s BiggerPockets real estate news post, the latest step in Chinese scoping of American property has come in the form of a newly established real estate firm. The Hong-Kong Gaw Capital Partners has created a half-billion United States real estate acquisition and management wing that will focus primarily on commercial [...]

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Where Do Underwater Mortgages Remain?

As I noted in this week’s post on the Bigger Pockets real estate news blog, certain American metros remain afflicted by high rates of negative real estate equity. The nationwide rate of underwater mortgages as of the close of Q2 2013 rested at approximately 23.8%, but various major cities tallied with notably elevated figures. As [...]

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Southern California Housing Still Risky

Wary property investors will remember the west coast as the ground zero for the real estate bubble, but it appears that homes throughout high-demand Southern California markets are gaining value with worrying speed. As I noted in a recent post for the Bigger Pockets real estate news blog, certain analysts are noting that market trends [...]

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Using Banks to Enhance Your Returns

Hello readers, today’s post is a guest column from contributor Jimmy Moncrief: Take a careful look at the title of the post. Notice I did not say “use leverage” to enhance your return. I simply said “use banks” to enhance your return. Banking in its purest form is a commodity. However, how you treat that [...]

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Obama Announces New Housing Goals

As I noted in a recent post for the BiggerPockets real estate news blog, President Obama came forward and announced a series of policy goals for the housing market last week. While multifaceted, his agenda seemed hinged on a set of interlocked criteria – returning loan management to the private sector while also fostering fiscal [...]

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Signs of a New Bubble?

As I noted in a recent BiggerPockets news blog post, certain areas of market activity seem to point towards the possibility of a mounting housing bubble. The severe climb in regional housing prices has occurred with such speed that it runs the risk of pushing away the housing market’s most promising (and frequently purchase-shy) demographic. [...]

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Chinese Investors Scoping U.S. Commercial Real Estate

With many of America’s metropolitan property markets stabilizing, we’re witnessing a burgeoning of investment interest from overseas players. While reporting from the past year has centered on European and Near Eastern (Israeli in particular) property acquisitions, a wave of new holdings are gaining watchful attention from East Asian speculators as well. As I noted in [...]

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Housing Market Evening Out

Despite more frenetic activity throughout the West Coast, it appears that the United States housing market as a whole might be settling. As I noted in a recent post for the BiggerPockets real estate news blog, many metros throughout the Midwest and South in particular are showing signs of long-term market stabilization. These regions showed [...]

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California’s Housing Prices Could Impact Nationwide Market

As I noted in a recent post for the BiggerPockets real estate news blog, California’s property values have risen so drastically that they might begin to impact market conditions nationwide. And, ultimately, this might not be all for the better. All things considered, California’s real estate prices have climbed at a breakneck pace compared to [...]

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Sales Rate Projected To Rise

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Housing Markets with Dimmer Growth Outlooks

With the housing market having made an impressive recovery, the outlook for the housing market for the next four quarters appears sunny. We’ve entered what’s become somewhat of a seller’s market, and the combination of high purchase rates and restored consumer confidence seem slated to continue buffering the value of real estate nationwide. That being [...]

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Default Rate Continues to Drop

With the housing market sustaining its recovery throughout Q1, the economic rebound produced an abundance of positive consequences. As I noted in a recent article for Mortgage Professional America, one of the most pronounced was the continued drop in home loan defaults nationwide. Mortgage default rates seem to have hit the lowest point in five [...]

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A Downside to Rising Property Values?

One of the primary motivators in the housing market turnaround has been the steady elevation in nationwide property values. The steady increase in real estate prices has lifted large swaths of homeowners from toxic equity, and have enabled those with previous underwater mortgages to sell their properties. In addition, this appreciate in real estate values [...]

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Diminishing Mortgage Rates Doing Well for Housing

Courtesy of deliberate Federal policy, mortgage rates have remained suppressed since not long after the 2008 market crash. Summary analysis of the housing sector’s last three quarters validate that low mortgage rates have helped nurture the property market back to health, as they seem to have encouraged new purchase through ensuring minimized debt accumulation. As [...]

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Overseas Real Estate Investment Growing Popular

As I noted in a recent post for The Niche Report, it appears that funds containing major stake in BRIC real estate are gaining a groundswell of new investment. The overwhelming amount of these property investments are allocated in high-demand property zones throughout emerging markets. Major fund managers such as BlackRock are seeing a surge [...]

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What Homeowners Regret About Their Purchases

With many Americans moving en masse towards settling on their first home, it’s always interesting to see exactly what long-term homeowners wish they’d done differently when closing on their property. As I noted in a recent post for the BiggerPockets real estate news blog, there are some definitive trends among property holders who wish they’d [...]

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Potential Roadblocks for the Housing Recovery?

Despite the increasing stability the housing market has attained in the past two quarters, the sustainability of growth momentum in the property sector remains uncertain. As we’ve seen since the latter half of 2012, the combination of escalating real estate values and shrinking sales inventory have propelled much of the positive gains across the housing [...]

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Are There Benefits to Expanded Credit?

It seems that much of the ongoing housing recovery has resulted from the combination of elevated home values and rising sales volume. Ultimately, the two have worked in tandem to motivate persistent gains for individual home builders as well as the housing market as whole. That being said, this particular combination will likely not been [...]

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Defunct Real Estate Brokerage Hit Hard by Justice Department

With both shortsighted investing and financial malfeasance having appeared in abundance before the 2008 market crash, there’s plenty of blame to go around for the economy going south. However, we’ve been harder pressed to find particular culprits for the widespread financial loss. That being said, the U.S. Justice Department recently honed in on one particularly [...]

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Fannie Mae Quarterly Earnings Rebound

Despite nearly going under once the housing market crashed over four years ago, Fannie Mae has managed to return to exceptional profitability over the past year. The lending body has received exceptional journalistic and financial scrutiny since the recession broke, much of it motivated by the fact that Fannie Mae effectively became a public entity [...]

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Housing Gains Doing Little for Local Municipalities?

As I noted in a recent post for the BiggerPockets real estate news blog, while the property values in America’s urban markets are picking up in value, this economic upturn is doing comparatively little for their local economies. Overall, the rise in home values has done well for particular homeowners, and likely for private enterprise [...]

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Houston Real Estate Gaining Traction

While certain urban markets have shown exceptional gains in property values throughout the past year, well-recognized areas seem to be located outside of the greater South. However, in surveying regional growth metrics over the past year, it’s become clear that Houston’s real estate market has sustained exceptional growth up to the point of attracting foreign [...]

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Housing Rebound Keeping Steam

As I noted in a new report for the Bigger Pockets real estate news blog, recent analysis validates that the housing recovery will likely sustain momentum throughout the foreseeable future. Much of this seems tied to the fact that nationwide property values are evening out, with comparatively unaffected metros like Washington, DC making gradual value [...]

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Hooray for High Mortgage Rates?

As I’d noted in a recent post for The Niche Report, there’s been recent analysis questioning whether or elevated mortgage rates could actually benefit the market. While the reasoning around this is somewhat complex, the benefits to a seemingly unappealing situation could be argued around the following points: An increase in loan rates are often a [...]

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