FHFA: Home prices increase marginally in November

On a seasonally adjusted basis, home prices rose modestly in November from the month before, but fell by roughly the same margin from a year earlier.
On a seasonally adjusted basis, home prices rose modestly in November from the month before, but fell by roughly the same margin from a year earlier. [More]


Foreclosure purchases make up reduced share of home sales, report finds

A recent report from the foreclosure data firm RealtyTrac indicates that in 2011 nearly 20 percent of all residential sales during the third quarter were for foreclosed houses.
A recent report from the foreclosure data firm RealtyTrac indicates that in 2011 nearly 20 percent of all residential sales during the third quarter were for foreclosed houses. [More]


GAO report implies lack of sufficient appraisal monitoring

A more-thorough monitoring of the appraisal industry is needed to aid the ailing housing market, according to a study released by the U.S. Government Accountability Office.
A more-thorough monitoring of the appraisal industry is needed to aid the ailing housing market, according to a study released by the U.S. Government Accountability Office. [More]


Some local housing markets expect improvements during 2012

While some industry experts anticipate the housing market to stage a slight rebound during 2012, MarketWatch recently outlined which local housing markets are expected to do the best and worst over the course of the year.
While some industry experts anticipate the housing market to stage a slight rebound during 2012, MarketWatch recently outlined which local housing markets are expected to do the best and worst over the course of the year. [More]


Study: U.S. has most affordable housing market internationally

Demographia released its annual International Housing Affordability Survey recently, which shows the U.S. has the most affordable housing market of all English-speaking areas of the world.
Demographia released its annual International Housing Affordability Survey recently, which shows the U.S. has the most affordable housing market of all English-speaking areas of the world. [More]


West, South home to the most foreclosures

Prior to the housing bubble burst, many of the nation's foreclosures were taking place in industrialized cities, including Cleveland, Detroit and Indianapolis.
Prior to the housing bubble burst, many of the nation's foreclosures were taking place in industrialized cities, including Cleveland, Detroit and Indianapolis. [More]


Florida reports housing market improvement

The Florida real estate market recorded some notable improvements last year as Miami home sales broke records during 2011, reports the Florida Association of Realtors.
The Florida real estate market recorded some notable improvements last year as Miami home sales broke records during 2011, reports the Florida Association of Realtors. [More]


Survey: Low cash bids on homes for sale keeping prices down

In December, the number of cash buyers purchasing homes for sale nationwide reached an all-time high, a report states. The substantial cash-buy market, though, is reportedly preventing home prices from stabilizing.
In December, the number of cash buyers purchasing homes for sale nationwide reached an all-time high, a report states. The substantial cash-buy market, though, is reportedly preventing home prices from stabilizing. [More]


Rising gasoline prices could hurt seasonal real estate trends

An anticipated spike in gasoline prices this summer could negatively affect home prices while damaging consumer confidence, Forbes reports.
An anticipated spike in gasoline prices this summer could negatively affect home prices while damaging consumer confidence, Forbes reports. [More]


Housing starts decline as builder confidence improves

While data from the Commerce Department shows that housing starts edged lower in December, the National Association of Home Builders notes that despite the decline, builder confidence is improving throughout the country.
While data from the Commerce Department shows that housing starts edged lower in December, the National Association of Home Builders notes that despite the decline, builder confidence is improving throughout the country. [More]