Wednesday, March 6, 2013

CoreLogic: Prices Up 9.7%; Market Poised for Strong Spring Season

Unhindered by winter weather, the home price recovery pressed on in January as CoreLogic’s home price index (HPI) rose nearly 10 percent year-over-year.

The top five states that led annual home price gains when including distressed sales were Arizona (+20.1 percent), Nevada (+17.4 percent), Idaho (+14.9 percent), California (+14.1 percent) and Hawaii (+14.0 percent).

Check the whole article here

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Radar Logic Says National Home Price Gains Are Unsustainable

While some read recent home price gains as a sign of an improving market, Radar Logic warns the recent gains are “unsustainable” and may actually be dampening market recovery.

Radar Logic attributes recent house price gains to anomalous factors it considers temporary, including low interest rates and elevated investor demand. “None of these drivers are likely to last, particularly as housing prices increase,”

Radar Logic anticipates prices will decline again as rising prices begin to repel investors while simultaneously leading to bursts in supply as homeowners and financial institutions feel encouraged to list properties for sale.

Already, home builders have begun to add to supply with a 23.6 percent rise in single-family housing starts year-over-year in January, according to data from the Census Bureau.

See the whole article here.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Existing-Home Sales Inch Up; Inventory at Lowest Level Since 1999

The inventory of existing homes for sale fell 4.9 percent to 1.74 million, the lowest level since December 1999. Check the whole story here.

Also, the trustee sales (bank's foreclosure) is roughly half of last in January. The distressed inventory is coming down fast.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

CoreLogic: Prices End 2012 with Biggest Annual Gain in Six Years

Please see the article here.

“We are heading into 2013 with home prices on the rebound,” said Anand Nallathambi, president and CEO of CoreLogic. “The upward trend in home prices in 2012 was broad based with 46 of 50 states registering gains for the year. All signals point to a continued improvement in the fundamentals underpinning the U.S. housing market recovery.”

The index also revealed all but four states saw prices improve on a yearly basis. The four states were Delaware (-3.4 percent), Illinois (-2.7 percent), New Jersey (-0.9 percent) and Pennsylvania (-0.5 percent).

Over a one-year period, Arizona experienced the biggest increase in prices—20.2 percent. The remaining states in the top five also saw double-digit gains: Nevada (+15.3 percent), Idaho (+14.6 percent), California (+12.6 percent), and Hawaii (+12.5 percent).

(Note: Bay area in Northern CA has gains more than 20%)

Friday, January 25, 2013

Bay Area Housing up 24% from Dec 2011 to Dec 2012

It's quite dramatic. The bay area housing still rose up to 2008 July level. See Mercury News on 1/16/2013 below or here.
In a further sign of the housing market's revival, the median price of existing single-family Bay Area homes in December jumped nearly 24 percent from a year ago on modestly improved sales, according to a report Wednesday.

The median price paid in the nine-county Bay Area hit $470,000, up from $380,000 in December 2011.  The last time it rose at a faster rate was in May 2010, when it increased nearly 29 percent, LePage said, adding that the median price in December was the highest it has been for any month since July 2008, when it was $485,000.

The median price rose about 22 percent to $650,000 in San Mateo County, 21 percent to $602,500 in Santa Clara County, 23 percent to $449,000 in Alameda County and 29 percent to $330,000 in Contra Costa County.

The most the Bay Area's median price has ever been was in July 2007, when it hit $738,500. That was just before the housing market collapsed, plunging the price to a low of $295,000 in March 2009.

Please check the whole article here.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Inventory of New Homes Down to Lowest Level in Nearly 50 Years

“In recent years, new housing supply has been running at the lowest levels since the 1960’s due to the slow down in new home construction, the size of homes being built, and the complicated process for selling/buying distressed properties.”

See the whole article here.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Case-Shiller: August Home Prices at 2-Year High

U.S. home prices continued to increase in August as the Case Shiller 20-city Home Price Index increased 0.9 percent to its highest level since September 2010. The 20-city index is up 2.0 percent in the last year.

See the article here.

In bay area, it is absolutely a seller's market. 15 to 30 offers per house is not uncommon at this moment.